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dyed and happy

August 10, 2015

Saturday and Sunday was my annual shibori/dye weekend

P1070350 despite several people cancelling at the last minute

and rain on Saturday afternoon – (we used the pots of rhubarb and lac/cochineal in the kitchen)

we had a very productive and happy time

P1070351Marion came from up island and stayed overnight

she made good use of the indigo vat

P1070346dyeing three pieces of clothing

P1070363and this pre-tied silk she bought from Maiwa

P1070362my job was to unpick the ties when the dyeing was finished

they come off easily with a gentle tug

the finished piece is a dreamy cloud of blue and white

P1070352Sunday was hot and back to indigo skies

Robin dyed many skeins of cotton all three colours

P1070354and this small piece of 100% wool felt from Knotty by Nature

when it has been dyed and still on the pole it is treated to a hot and cold bath

then felted a bit more so it will retain the textureP1070345it is a time to experiment and learn new techniques

P1070365Marion’s arashi shibori  on an old cotton napkin was a nice surprise

P1070349these two pieces were layered on top of each other

roughly stitched in a spiral, tied tightly, one dip in the indigo then dyed in lac/cochineal

P1070366Monday morning

12 Comments leave one →
  1. August 11, 2015 9:08 am

    ‘Tis the season for dyeing! Such fun and delightful results! I love the way the lac penetrated more than the indigo giving it a halo effect. Yum.


    • August 11, 2015 9:45 am

      Louisa – the result of a new dyer not knowing exactly what the process is and so not able to overthink the final result. a very interesting discovery. The first and only dip in the indigo, maybe not long enough to fully reach inside the tightly tied bundle.


  2. August 11, 2015 2:31 am

    I keep wishing I lived near you!


  3. August 10, 2015 5:34 pm

    What a lovely variety of things – techniques, projects and results!!


  4. Lis permalink
    August 10, 2015 1:16 pm

    How wonderful. Maybe I’ll join you one time 😀


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