This is the name we have chosen for our little natural dyeing group – at this stage there is not much of my stitching to show, but there were some good results yesterday, and hopefully these will be stitched when other commitments are met. I was amazed at the greens which we obtained, as previously I have only managed various shades of brown, tan and orange – the greens, which are a little more saturated than show in the photos, was from the Australian native Cherry Ballart mentioned in the previous post.
These were the fairly predictable wool results – old blanket in different Eucalyptus dye baths, in stainless steel and iron pots. The blanket, though white initially and looking like pure wool, may not have been – hence the different take up of the dye in the fibres used to weave it which gives an obvious twill effect. The fringed fabric is a mixture of wool and Alpaca.
Two bits of silk, one silk noil, which were in a bundle in the iron pot…..giving it a much darker colour.
Another piece of Alpaca and wool, this time the bundle was in the Cherry Ballart dye bath, with Grey Box Eucalyptus leaves inside, and maybe some other bits…..I must keep better notes about how this is done!
This one is a very fine wool fabric – I think Beautiful Silks call it Nun’s veiling.
And my favourite is this last piece, silk noil with great colours, lines from the string which tied the bundle and a little resist where it had been clamped.
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All in all, a great day with good friends doing things we enjoy! May there be many more.