Thursday, June 27, 2013

Dyeing to make Green

Green is likely my favorite color. I used peach leaves
and wrapped this silk dupioni around a copper pipe.
Dying started on Friday and the unveiling occurred in Arnold
Thanks Maureen for photographing this.

Green coloring show here was achieved
because it was next to the copper pipe.
Eucalyptus acted more like a resist.
Tried steaming instead of submerging the bundle. Steamed for two hours.
This is the dress I made with this fabric.

The purple patches were a perfect match.
Back detail

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Dyeing with Passion Fruit

Fabric used for this is a silk wool blend purchased from Thai Silks. Eucalyptus leaves from Pescadero, picked up on the side of the road near Harley Farms Goat Diary. Also, used some rose leaves from my garden. The dye bath is made up of passion fruit from my yard. I used this rusty old pot that I picked up at a junk yard. Leaves were presoaked a previous dye bath to soften them a bit. I clamped the folded bundle between two copper squares with "metal monster clips" and then tied it with string. The bundle was immersed in the bath for two hours, simmering. Let sit overnight before opening.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Indigo Dyeing

Tortoise shell or (Kikko)
Chop stick, jar lids, and the third corner is tied.
Took a class on Indigo Dyeing at the Tin Thimble in Loomis. A two day course taught by Melissa Arnold. We did 5 thread resist techniques on pima cotton on the first day. Then a series of Itajime, board clamping on linen.