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July 24, 2014

exhausting the dye pots

P1050303just for fun – previously dyed

onion skins and then lac –  topped dyed with indigo

indigo top dyed with madder/cochineal

P1050304the next step – first with onion skins – day glow yellow

cooled down with the madder/cochineal

think they can still be seen in the dark!

P1050306natural dyes on silk – trying to stretch out the small quantities of colour

P1050308the woven shibori is slow

P1050309winding two threads from a single ball is even slower, tedious and frustrating

P1050302it is a wonderful summer for hollyhocks

P1050307freezing the flowers to dye with

everything takes time.

14 Comments leave one →
  1. July 28, 2014 3:04 am

    Orange knickers are definitely the hit! How lightfast is the hollyhock color? (I also have some hollyhocks blooming right now)


    • July 28, 2014 7:23 am

      Alfia – the hollyhocks need more testing, they seem to be lightfast, I have only used the dark purple and only used frozen flowers- India Flint’s theory of ice flower dyes.


  2. July 25, 2014 8:27 am

    Glow in the dark undies — now THAT’s an idea. Would save that one for the long winter nights.


    • July 25, 2014 10:15 am

      Alice – the Japanese are experimenting with producing “glow in the dark” silk. we could weave undies – and they would be warm, too!


  3. July 25, 2014 4:00 am

    I hate the sound of an unsolvable weaving problem! I hope it works out. Your hollyhocks are beautiful colors–will the dye be those colors, too?


    • July 25, 2014 8:10 am

      Kerry -still not sure what has caused the weaving problem or how to fix it. the hollyhocks should dye a soft purple-y grey.


  4. July 24, 2014 8:42 pm

    Ha! I knew I wasn’t the only one who dyes her panties. LOL!!

    Tell you what – you come over here and weave off my Warp From H^%& and I’ll come over there and wind your cotton for you. What do you think? Too bad there’s an expensive ferry in the middle though, huh?


    • July 24, 2014 9:57 pm

      oh Louisa – I’d almost take you up on it, ferry and all BUT this afternoon the weaving developed a insolvable problem – think I’m going to have to cut it off, tie on again and start over. I’m sulking for the time being!!!


  5. July 24, 2014 2:02 pm

    Naturally dyed panties is something I haven’t seen before! Your knitting is looking beautiful. I’ve unraveled fine sweaters where there was two threads held as one and meticulously separated them by making two piles first, and then winding one pile at a time onto bobbins. This is tedious, too, and frustrating if a tangle happens, but usually, if the pile isn’t disturbed, it will wind on neatly. Haven’t come up with anything better with two hands and one winder 😛


    • July 24, 2014 2:29 pm

      Kristin – I’m winding 60/2 cotton that has been wound together and need enough for 14 yards – no way is will it work by separating it into piles. the panties are great fun.
      Velma – ha, ha!


  6. July 24, 2014 1:37 pm

    thinking of that old song- time is on our side. nice doings.


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