First Snow Dye of the Season!

First Snow Dye of the Season!

I saw minus 5 degrees Fahrenheit this morning. Brrrr!  I did this batch yesterday and ironed it this morning. I left the next batch to do its’ magic out in the slightly heated garage overnight but I actually brought it in to finish because the snow was not finished melting.

I usually mix up my dyes and squirt it onto the snow, but this time I sprinkled the dyes atop the piled high snow that looked like a miniature mountain lying on my fabric. I think I like it better because it left some textural effects here and there.

Such a color departure from the natural dyes I’ve been using!

Indigo Withdrawals

Indigo Withdrawals

I’ve been having indigo withdrawals!  I could not get a flower to form on top of my vat for a week. With my well-known persistence, I kept trying different things with no success, including being unable to find the right PH test strips which I have on order. Without them, I wasn’t sure if it was sweet or sour….

This morning it poured so I couldn’t get out there to do much and it kept raining off and on.  The humidity stayed at about 100% and I blew a fuse out there, so I have no fan. But I stayed out there long enough to dip a few things. They’ll take forever to dry if the sun doesn’t come out soon.

I did learn quite a bit from this, though, mostly from the Eco Dyeing and Creating group on FB, and from my friend,  Janice Paine-Dawes who is a walking wealth of knowledge. If this happens to you, first, make sure it’s warm enough (9o degree F days are perfect) , test the PH and add  a little thiox, add a little soda ash accordingly.  Anything else you all helpful readers can add?

A Woman’s Work Is Never Done!

A Woman’s Work Is Never Done!

All silks here: the first is raw silk, on the right is habati silk. I like how these came out. The leaves that soaked in rusty water are the strongest.  Others were all soaked in various concoctions.  I have going pans of chalk with seawater, plain seawater, vinegar water, rusty iron water, copper water that now also has iron water mixed in it and I usually mix them up on a piece of cloth.

This batch of Arches watercolor papers is a disappointment, but it was again an experiment.  It’s the first time I rolled the paper on logs, as opposed to stacking them. The top, outer cover came out the best, but what was inside didn’t print well at all, even though I left them for about a week before opening.  Sometimes this process seems like a crapshoot! However, it’s once again, my failure to document what I did that leaves me in limbo, not knowing why. My guess is that no tannin penetrated the outer cover because it was tied up so tight and didn’t seep through as it does with fabric when it’s rolled and tied. One redemptive aspect, though, of this process is that you can over-print and try again! You know I will! I just put a batch of fabric over prints in the steamer  a few minutes ago.

Did I show you my new steamer?  HA! HA!  I bought this stainless steamer at the Salvation Army for a pittance and plopped it on top of my crockpot which is cooking up some juniper dye) and it cooks all day or all night sometimes.

Steamer.

Meanwhile, here’s a “Prompt” I did in a group that’s an offshoot of our Creative Strength Training Workshop, called CST Summer Camp.  Jane is promoting her new book (I already have mine!) which you can find out about or purchase here.

Prompt 1.A

As usual, linking up with Off The Wall Friday!