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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


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

not exactly my colours

a couple dips in the indigo fixed that


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


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


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.


  2. August 20, 2014 8:58 am

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


    • 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.


  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.


    • August 12, 2014 12:41 pm

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


  4. August 12, 2014 5:47 am

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


    • 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.


  5. August 12, 2014 3:38 am

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


  6. August 12, 2014 12:41 am

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


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