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summer colours

August 5, 2020

my lazy, crazy days of a pandemic summer

can’t really seem to get interested in much of anything

what are you doing to keep busy and sane?

  after logwood dyeing silk hankies I kept the strong dyebath

and dyed (from the right) handspun silk, wool and cotton

 alum mordant with tannin and alum on the cotton

my natural dye challenge for August

for once the camera captured the colours perfectly

the grey cotton had an iron modifier added

I was hoping for black but as iron is very harsh on fibres I stopped at grey

colours are similar to the one hibiscus flower the deer missed

I’ve been blending the silk hankies on hand carders

and spinning a fine 2 ply

another 4 pages for the shibori sample book are finished

stitching patterns in one long piece but wanting separate pages is challenging sometimes

after dyeing – with six dips in the indigo

it can take several hours to remove all the gathering threads – without cutting the cloth!

the little hexie “quilt” is finished

I used an indigo dyed damask napkin for the backing

the fleur-de-lis show up nicely

and a label with the title “Forget-me-not”

the nandina (heavenly bamboo) flowers are blooming profusely in the heat

but I’ve never had the red berries that it is known for

daughter-in-law gave me some giant tree lilies

planted in a big pot of compost this volunteer  – zucchini?? – is taking over

now back to the dye pots


13 Comments leave one →
  1. Going Batty in Wales permalink
    August 11, 2020 5:01 am

    Lovely colours and pattens!


  2. August 7, 2020 4:22 am

    i am loving the sample book!


  3. August 6, 2020 1:52 am

    such beautiful shades. perfection.


  4. Jeanine permalink
    August 5, 2020 5:54 pm

    You truly are a master at your craft !
    Love the colours


    • August 5, 2020 6:58 pm

      Jeanine – hi neighbor, you’re welcome to dye (tee shirt, blouse, tablecloth, whatever) in the dye pot that is on the go. It’s not difficult.


  5. August 5, 2020 2:08 pm

    Oooh, love those soft lilacs and grey combined, one of my favourite combinations 🙂


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