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colour in the making

February 6, 2018

it is still raining

but buds are bursting everywhere

I’ve been spinning

on the top – Icelandic/silk blend

below – Merino/silk blend

and then dyeing

Icelandic – short time in cochineal – alum mordant

Merino – 1 hour simmer, left overnight to cool in cochineal – alum

once I start dyeing I get a little crazy

from the left


the pale cochineal top dyed with full strength Brazilwood

middle – 1st exhaust bath Brazilwood on natural pale grey wool

 fourth skein, wool – both dyes mixed together – seems like the Brazilwood had very little strength

finally, wool, the same mixed dyed with an iron modifier – hoping for black

but I’m always nervous to add too much iron as it is very hard on the yarn

a mauve-y grey will have to do

a back view of the AVL loom

the blue and white check is progressing

when weaving fine material I start with a soft piece of cotton flannelette

a remnant from sewing boys pyjamas 40 years ago

4 Comments leave one →
  1. vdbolyard permalink
    February 8, 2018 4:29 am

    such beautiful colors!!


    • February 8, 2018 8:54 am

      Velma – need to wait to do more dyeing until the weather dries up – too much steam in the kitchen.


  2. February 7, 2018 3:51 am

    Funny to see that small piece of fabric on that great big loom! Your dyed colors are gorgeous–just what we need on dreary days.


    • February 7, 2018 8:35 am

      Kerry – I’ve never actually thought of the loom in that way, it just weaves anything and everything I put on it. The colours brightened up the week.


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