Introducing a new sequence

I have to admit that these are particularly scrummy in real life. No hints as to the colours used, well, not yet anyway. Suffice it to say it’s a mix of both synthetic and natural dyes. I’m really pleased with the result.

dye 4

I’ve used scraps from the dyeing session to make some little boots for an Advent Calendar. I’ve used one of them for the following pictures. I always find it fascinating to see how different fibres take the colours.

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More Marks

What more can I say?  You can sometimes find marks from the most surprising items.

 


Fun Marks

Just some of the marks we discovered.  More tomorrow maybe


Mark Time

Several of the fabrics produced interesting marks.  These are just a very few that we found during our recent dyeing experiments


Soft and gentle

Just some of the colours that we produced at Urchfont Manor.  These were washed and ironed this morning.  I do enjoy ironing sometimes 😉

Tomorrow I’ll show you some of the marks that we made.  All of the above are on silk fabrics.


Weekly Photo Challenge – Purple

Taken earlier today!  Students will recognise the decoration, now scattered throughout the UK.  Maybe this is a cheat because there are other colours there too, but if you look here and here you will understand what was going on.

For further details of the challenge, and lots more entries, please take a look here.

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Is the washing done?

Believe it or not I have had stranger things hanging from my washing line!

 

Yesterday was an ideal day for drying teabags!  I’ll be using them tomorrow….. but not in the way described yesterday.  If you are very good I’ll let you in on the secret when I get home 😉


A totally unscientific experiment…..

….. but it’s fun!

You need a tea bag and a piece of silk, if you haven’t any silk, just try with what you have, maybe an old handkerchief for example.  This is for fun, and as the title says, totally unscientific!  I’m only using a small piece of fabric, it’s about 8 x 11 inches.  I’m demonstrating with a fruit tea bag, but it can be any sort – it’s an experiment.

You can either use the bag as it is, or open it up and pour out the contents

– spread them out if you like, then….

….roll it up into a little package, tie it – but not too tightly – just enough to hold it all together.

Now you want a container.  The rule is that you NEVER use a container that will be used for food, so choose something like a supermarket container (an ice-cream container would work maybe) that will hold hot water.  The vessels that I use are all dedicated solely to dyeing – even if I use a cup or a jug.

Pop your parcel in and boil the kettle

Pour enough boiling water onto the parcel, until it is covered CAREFUL, IT’S HOT!

Now let it sit until it’s cold (you can turn it, move it around, poke it etc if you wish, I don’t want to spoil your fun!

When it’s cold, carefully transfer the package to a grip – seal (ZipLock) bag and add 1tsp vinegar (white vinegar if you have it – if you only have malt or similar I don’t think it will matter – this is unscientific and for fun, remember?!)

Add some or all of the liquor from your steeping and put it somewhere warm.  This is hanging in the sun for a time, I’ll move it into the house before nightfall.

Now all you have to do is wait…..

….. for about 24 hours

Then, carefully remove your parcel, unwrap and see what has happened.  Carefully rinse in cool water, then iron it dry.  Make sure that the heat of the iron is appropriate for your fabric

This is the result from the above technique, using a tea bag that was left whole.

No results are guaranteed, but you can always start again with a different sort of tea bag!  If you have a go please let me know.  You can leave a comment below, and a link to your experiment.  I’d love to see it.


In the garden, part 2

You may remember the start of the process, which I posted yesterday, well, the results are almost in!

There was a fair amount of messing around, and it took all day, off and on, but the results are worth it.  Allowed to cool in the dyebath, the samples were carefully unwrapped and rinsed this morning.  They aren’t yet ironed, but here are some of them flapping in the gentle breeze

The way in which they are folded (or not), other additions, and the length of time in the dyebath all have an effect on the final result

You can clearly see some leaf marks here, they will be more apparent after ironing

The type of fabric effects the final result too.  I like this marking.  It reminds me of the back of a garden chair.

This piece of silk chiffon has a very ethereal quality which was difficult to photograph.  They will be ironed later, but I think you’ve probably seen enough gold fabric for one session!  My next post will be about something else.


In the garden…

…. in the dyepot

I wonder what will come out?

Also entered into the Weekly Photo Challenge – the theme this week is ‘inside’, and you can read lots more about it here.

The results of the above cooking are now posted here.