Our dyeing group met again on Friday, the first time for the year. There were four dyepots going, with a variety of things in them. Two had Eucalyptus leaves, one was Cherry Ballart in an iron pot, and one was made with the seed-heads of a native plant my friend called Garnia, but I cannot find anything of that name to give you a link….Eucalyptus crenulata which grows on my land usually gives a good red/brown, but this time it was not as red, while another unknown Eucalyptus, thought to be an Iron Bark of some sort, gave a deep orange/red. My bundles were wrapped with various leaves – Eucalyptus, Rose, Bay (dark green prints) and some red Prunus leaves, which gave a red/purple in places, plus a few other things to give some textures by resist, and some metal bits.
The wool used was an Australian Doctor’s flannel which shrinks a little and becomes a bit thicker, so one gets different effects on either side of the fabric which is useful. All bundles were simmered in the pot for about three hours, then left in overnight, and kept for a couple of days before unwrapping. I’m too impatient and I have never found leaving things longer makes a whole lot of difference. These are some of my results…..too many to post photos of all!
Silk – Cherry Ballart in iron pot
Wool – Cherry Ballart, iron pot
Posts may be a bit sparse for the next few weeks, I’m going to be very busy doing another class with Jude Hill – Contemporary Woven Boro, plus one with Kim Klassen to learn the Essentials of PSE9…….I swore I would never do two classes at once, but resolutions are made to be broken!!
Still taking photographs though, so don’t forget to have a look at the latest on Fractions in Time.