The results of the past weeks experiments. Not sure what I will create with these fabrics, but I am enjoying the process.
Friday, May 24, 2013
I opened this bundle of linen/cotton blend that I had in my stash from an estate sale. I had soaked the fabric in milk and let it air dry for a few days. I wrapped it around a copper pipe, leaves used were eucalyptus, flowering plum, and California Buckeye. Before rolling, I sprinkled the folded piece with iron water. The dye bath used was a combination of water from the last three dye baths with lots of flowering plum in the water. Simmered for one hour, let sit overnight (18 hours), before opening. Anyway, I was so amazed at the variety of color . . . I attached a photo. I hung the piece in the shade to dry. Unfortunately the color has really changes once it dried. I attached a photo of the dried piece also. Next time I will try wool and hope to retain some of the vibrancy.
|Pleased that I was able to capture this moment.|
Color faded once dried, which is to be expected,
but after a gentle saltwater rinse the color changed.
|Linen wrapped around a copper pipe.|
Saturday, May 18, 2013
I have done 2 groups of dyeing, since the class with India Flint.
Flowering plum, eucalyptus, and a old copper bowl in the dye bath. Above is a photo of a wool sample tied around a copper pipe. The areas that touched the copper pipe and where on the outside of the bundle turned a dark green. The pointy eucalyptus leaves (not the scientific name :) I found while hiking and I picked the most crusty leaves I could find, they had spots all over and the edges are chewed up. After dyeing, I strained the plants and kept the dye in a glass mason jar, to use again. The leafs from the dye bath I put in the pages of an old phone book to keep them flat and I plan to use them again and see what happens.
Flowering plum (lots of it) in the dye bath. This time I tried dipping the flowering plum leaves in "iron water" before laying them on the fabric. - I can post photos of the results tomorrow.
Put water in a rusty metal bucket, added rusty bits that I found at a metal salvage yard in Redwood City. Then I added a cup of vinegar. Letting this sit for days.
Happy Dyeing . . .
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
|Samples stitched together before we cut into them.|
|Some of my samples.|
|Plants on wool cloth before rolling.|
|After dyeing waiting to be opened.|
|Wool cloth wrapped and tied around a found rusty piece from a lantern.|
|Materials for eco printing.|
|Tin Thimble, darling shop in a fruit packing barn in Loomis. A must see for any fiber artist.|
|American River near Auburn, where I stayed. Went hiking on the western states trails.|
|Hiking in a meadow on Friday.|