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November 12, 2015

 sumi ink dyeing has taken on a new life!

not sure dyeing is the correct term


this is a quickly stitched and tied piece on cotton

without any design planning

the fabric was pre-soaked, then soaked in the ink solution overnight

after drying it looked like the ink had not worked into all the areas between the ties

it went back into the solution and I worked/squeezed it vigorously

before washing, on the left — right, after washing/rinsing until water ran clear

 ink migrates into the fibres differently than dyes









washing softened the colour

pattern definition was reduced significantly

how much is this due to different fibres??

the ink is very messy to use but washes up easily while wet

it seems to fix on fibres only once it is dry

next I’ll try a small piece of silk


meanwhile the clean-up/restoration seems endless

the kitchen floor is down to the original 1940s sub-floor – not pretty!

 fans are still blowing, when it is declared dry a new sub-floor will be installed

after that nice new flooring

the boxes from the cabinets, that are piled almost to the ceiling in the living room

can go back to the kitchen and wait for the cabinets to be returned from the repair shop

(somewhere in one of those boxes is my GoreTex rain jacket)

and we have rain and wind warnings for the next 48 hours

at this rate it won’t be finished before Christmas

and I may have run away and joined the circus!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. November 12, 2015 2:56 pm

    I wonder what sumi ink is made of? If there is soot in it that’s possibly what is dyeing the fabric. Very lovely soft effect!


    • November 12, 2015 3:27 pm

      Louisa – sumi, both liquid and stick form is soot plus animal glue and in the case of liquid sometimes an acrylic mix. Needs more experimentation.


  2. vdbolyard permalink
    November 14, 2015 8:04 am

    looks very interesting, crossing over the inks and dyes and ground pigments…
    good luck on the continued fixing…it takes long enough for it to be lovely when it’s done, hopefully.


    • November 14, 2015 9:48 am

      Velma – I know the Japanese use sumi on silk yarn but maybe cotton is not a good choice. Too messy to continue in the chaos right now. I’ll get some samples stitched.


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