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a week of colour

August 11, 2014

in the summer, when the indigo vat is working well, anything that isn’t nailed down gets dyed

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 2 skeins of 20/2 silk I inherited from a retiring weaver

not exactly my colours

a couple dips in the indigo fixed that

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the skein on the bottom is handspun silk that was a sad pale indigo

it went into the vat as well

P1050382Merino wool on the top and a silk skein, now green, at the bottom

they were a very bright yellow dyed with rhubarb root

 after 2 quick dips I’m not sure how the brown happened or if it can be repeated

it is a nice heather-y mix and would be lovely for a tweed jacket

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the small blue skein is the same merino that got lost at the bottom of the vat and wasn’t retrieved until the end of the day

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the shifu sample is a winner,  the linen warp and paper yarn are similar in shade

the twisted slubs in the paper thread add interest

I think there is a shifu project in the works

P1050393the second piece of woven shibori is dyed

with the 2 pieces there is 1 1/2 metres,  what to use them for?

P1050375a change from the blue

there is a bumper crop of figs, I just have to get to them before the starlings and raccoons!

10 Comments leave one →
  1. August 24, 2014 5:22 pm

    Indigo !!! I love to see it in action.

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  2. August 20, 2014 8:58 am

    Beautiful! ‘anything that isn’t nailed down gets dyed’ – haha, I hear ya!

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    • August 20, 2014 9:48 am

      Sarah – once the indigo vat is working I like to make blue while the weather is hot and the sun is shining.

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  3. August 12, 2014 11:58 am

    oh, figs! i LOVE that shifu. rich rich and such beauty. this time of year, the harvest is so heartening and then there is that vat. i love what you found in the bottom.

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    • August 12, 2014 12:41 pm

      velma – everything is abundant this year – the figs, zucchini, tomatoes and the vat. lots of sun and heat.

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  4. August 12, 2014 5:47 am

    What a great palette, with the tomatoes for a bit of accent.

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    • August 12, 2014 7:36 am

      Alice – an abundant year for tomatoes, both the colour and taste are beautiful.
      Kerry – the heathery one was quite a surprise.
      Neki – baked figs, yum-m! I could overdye until everything is various shades of black.

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  5. August 12, 2014 3:38 am

    It’s all beautiful but that tweedy, heathery one really, really stands out–gorgeous!

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  6. August 12, 2014 12:41 am

    figs and cheese♥!
    i too try to straighten fups in the vat.

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