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March 19, 2014

ushering in Spring with a little dyeing

P1040637with the exception of the lichen all the silk was mordanted with alum

P1040638lots of small pots simmering all at once

the silk hankies are very strong and difficult to spin unless torn apart, I wind the pencil roving into balls

P1040640 blend the colours roughly, spin a fine yarn and then ply

P1040641the lichen dyed yellow is on the right – it smells very woodsy

pomegranate rind is on the left, it is good for top dyeing. With an iron modifying bath it makes a marvelous dark mossy green, which is impossible to photograph.

P1040647but I’m getting better on the computer;)

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  1. March 19, 2014 5:24 pm

    making colors, heavenly! i wish i could be doing the same right now.

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  2. March 20, 2014 3:07 am

    Those colors are just beautiful–what a wonderful outcome!

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  3. Judith permalink
    March 20, 2014 8:49 am

    Jean
    What is the secret to your amazing level of production?
    I retired last year and feel like I’ll never get going again! You accomplish so much
    in just a few days.
    Your blog is my best source of inspiration. Thank you!

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  4. March 20, 2014 9:46 am

    Yesterday must have been “dye day” as I spent the afternoon dyeing wool yarn in lac and pomegranate. Your colors are very pretty. I like the card you do identifying the dyes. Great idea.

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    • March 20, 2014 10:32 am

      Deb – I don’t do much dyeing in the winter – too much steam and condensation – so when spring arrives I get inspired.
      Judith – thank you. so much to learn and so little time, have to keep going while I’m able.

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  5. March 20, 2014 4:16 pm

    is that last photo what you see as mossy green? isn’t it frustrating that this wonderful technology eludes us as we try to photograph what our eyes see?

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    • March 20, 2014 4:31 pm

      Velma – I took 5 or 6 photos trying to capture the exact colour but the camera just didn’t get it. It is more accurate in the first photo, top left. I’m still struggling with the new technology!! I may have totally done in the printer today – sigh.

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