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natural colours

August 30, 2019

one month is long enough to have dye pots hanging around

Birch bark (I don’t know what species)

soaked, cooked then solar dyed for 1 month and cooked again

too much work for brown!

on the right – dark purple hollyhock

wool and silk (grey/grape) both from the same pot, alum mordant – surprise again

solar dyed 1 month and then simmered 1 hour

left – Walnut bark, wool and silk , simmered 2 1/2 hours

(click on picture to see the colours)

walnut bark – wool felt samples show the difference between solar dyeing and adding heat

the fibres in the felt are so dense that the colour is darker in all the natural dye samples

last but not least, shibori dyed wool felt in the walnut exhaust

a baby bear in the making

the felt shrank so much during the dyeing he is a little smaller

and he has a tiny indigo scrap teddy to keep him company

4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 31, 2019 3:33 am

    The little bears are truly the most perfect use of the shibori felt!


  2. August 30, 2019 2:43 pm

    I think this latest teddy looks like a glossy baked pretzel! It’s a wonderful shade of brown.


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