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June 3, 2019

how time flies – June arrived warm and sunny

my favorite clematis “The President” is magnificent

it is reaching for the sun and I had to climb up the step ladder to get a picture

even then it was above my head and I just held up the camera and hoped I was pointing in the right direction

 this is the first year there are flowers on the Podophyllum (May apple) “Spotty Dotty”

they hide under the large mottled leaves and I had to lay on my back to get a picture

from great heights to prone in the dirt!

once the warp was tensioned and broken threads replaced the backstrap weaving is going well

there is one weft float (click on the picture and see if you can find it)

but as both warp and weft are handspun wool making a good shed is a bit sticky

cameras are great for showing the mistakes!

in 24 hours the mushrooms had opened up and then dried out completely due to the hot, dry weather

no point in trying to dye with them

still struggling to design a new tapestry

going through my colours I’ve decided to try dyeing an odd shade of green

I’ll use only the peel/rind of pomegranate – and eat the fruit

you can freeze the peel until you have enough to dye with

the samples I have are on silk so hopefully the colour will be close to the dark mossy green

pomegranate with alum mordant gives a strong golden yellow

with an iron after-bath it is green – use the least amount of iron possible to get the colour – it damages fibre

not only is it good for colour the juice is excellent for your health

8 Comments leave one →
  1. June 4, 2019 3:22 am

    You go to great lengths to get photos for us! I found the weft float but it took me a long time–so not noticeable!


  2. June 4, 2019 1:22 am

    I *think* I see your floater, but I really had to look for it. It’s a pretty, soft colour combination.


  3. Nanette permalink
    June 3, 2019 4:45 pm

    I’ve been getting some nice greens from loquat leaves……a.don’t know if you get loquats there?……nd a ‘dirtier’ green with an iron bath. Am yet to try a batch with alum.
    The yellow from the pom is pretty…..


    • June 3, 2019 6:25 pm

      Nanette – no loquats here. what fibre are you dyeing? Without a mordant is the colour subject to fading?


      • Nanette permalink
        June 6, 2019 8:05 pm

        I’ve used a linen and a cotton. I haven’t used loquat befoe, but I imagine it would fade a bit. I don’t mind though, I’m only making art quilts or bags for my own pleasure.


      • June 6, 2019 9:56 pm

        Nanette – both linen and cotton are more resistant to taking plant dyes than wool, silk and animal fibre. They generally produce paler colours. You deserve the very best!


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