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the colours of summer

August 12, 2017

summer is my time to dye – and I haven’t had time

the yarrow (achillea) is over 5 feet tall

this is a bright yellow flower with tight, compact flower heads

in the foreground is a pale pink yarrow that grows a maximum of 2 feet tall

it doesn’t give the same intense colour

silk shibori, wool felt shibori and skeins of silk, wool and cotton

the flower heads were soaked in the sun for 3 days

 simmered for 1 1/2 hours – the smell is very strong, cook outside if possible

remove plant material, add the fibre and simmer for 1 hour then leave overnight in the dye to cool

the colour is much stronger than shown in the pictures

from the left – silk, wool and cotton skeins on light weight silk shibori

this is very close to the true colour

the wool felt will hold the texture if cooled in the dye bath – do not iron

I used an alum mordant – BUT – the clamps for the silk shibori are very old and getting rusty

they would have acted as a secondary mordant

(the colour is a very strong yellow without the rust)

the conference committee had a final meeting yesterday

Christine, our fearless leader made fabric boxes for each member of the planning committee

she made the boxes before covering them

each box reflected the owner’s interests

considering she had just spent 5 very intense days managing a conference

and her garden – and family were waiting

I’m just amazed at the time she took

mine is a perfect little sewing box which I’ll use every evening

thank you, Christine



4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 15, 2017 4:30 am



  2. vdbolyard permalink
    August 13, 2017 5:27 am

    i’m astonished at how much thoughtfulness (besides all the rest) went into bringing, what, almost 600 people together in the name of fiber!


    • August 13, 2017 7:35 am

      Velma – it was a few dozen over 600 – amazing! It definitely says something about dedicated volunteers doing the work.

      Liked by 1 person

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