Sunday, October 27, 2013

Dye Garden Events Coming to a Close for The Season

Hello, dear dyeing students,

Cheryl asked me to post our attempts at using oxalis blossoms on various wool yarns. It was a success in that we got color but this is not something we will repeat even though having an ample supply of it in the yard. 

My daughter fired up the roasting pan one more time today to run through our last round of pokeberries for the season. That has always been a great color although a bit temperamental. 

Most everything else is done now so the garden will be given over to edible plants until spring returns.

To look forward to next spring- the return of larkspur and orange cosmos. Hopefully we will get some black hollyhocks this year. The seeds have been stubborn to sprout and I have to protect the plants from chicken musings.

What are you working on these days? Any big projects looming in the wings? Let me know how you are and what's up in your world.


Sunday, October 20, 2013

Four Yards of Nui Shibori

 My students in Shibori Dyeing asked to see the process that includes metallic textile paint. 

This online class will be taught again at the new web site which will be announced in January 2014.

Dyed silk sewn in Nui Shibori style

Finished and gathered.

Dyes painted on one side and then flipped.

Diluted gold paint applied over pleats.

Finished effect.

Four yards may seem like a lot of fabric to hand pleat but the process goes quite quickly.

Diluting the paint makes it somewhat less stiff and scratchy but it still adds weight and "hand" which is to be expected with metallic paint.

Hope that helps, Chrissy. Let's see your results in the student gallery!!!!! :-)

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