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experimental dyeing

August 12, 2013

on Sunday I will be participating in Fibrations 2013

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I planned to dye silk caps to spin during the day

to make it interesting I experimented dying with natural dyes

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“experience is what you get when you don’t get what you want.”

using plastic ikat tape to resist areas, while immersion dyeing, the process became messy and complicated

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the dyes didn’t penetrate into the center of the bundle

there were only patches of colour

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a quick dip in the indigo vat

once dry and torn into pencil roving

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it can always be overdyed

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the dyes are henna (left), myrobalan (no sample) and lac (silk and linen)

I won’t do that again!

Fibrations 2013

Sunday August 18 — in St. Ann’s Academy orchard — 10:00 – 4:00

hope to see you there


12 Comments leave one →
  1. August 12, 2013 11:18 am

    I’ve thought about dyeing mawata, but I’m not sure. Have you ever had a good experience, or is it just novelty that ends up looking muddy after it’s spun?


    • August 12, 2013 12:20 pm

      Kristin – I always used Procion MX before and got beautiful results


      • August 12, 2013 1:05 pm

        Cool. Perhaps I will try that out before I tackle the natural dyes!


      • August 12, 2013 1:27 pm

        Kristin – next, try thickening the natural dyes and painting them on – more control. but first I’m hoping to get some bengara dyes and trying them.


  2. August 12, 2013 11:20 am

    Fibrations looks amazing. I recognize some Pender artists on the list too. Seems I am never in BC when the cool events are happening.
    Natural dyeing can have it’s challenges, I find I can never quite predict what will be the outcome. Lac does give a pretty color.


    • August 12, 2013 12:19 pm

      Deb – this is the third year and I think it will be a good one – hoping for good weather.


      • August 12, 2013 12:21 pm

        Is it always on the same weekend?


      • August 12, 2013 12:24 pm

        Deb – it has been so far but you could check with Knotty by Nature as they always know ahead of time


  3. August 13, 2013 12:49 am

    the ai saved them!.


    • August 13, 2013 7:42 am

      Neki – actually it wasn’t the pastel look that I was aiming for, a little too wishy washy.


  4. August 16, 2013 9:14 am

    yes, but you did learn…and the really cool thing is that indigo did, as neki wrote, save the day.


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