Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Experimenting with natural indigo

I've spent the past week dying with natural indigo, using a variety of different fabrics, some mordanted, some not. The mordanted fabrics/yarn were a much richer color. Reading from left to right, wool yarn mordanted, wool fabric mordanted, wool/silk blend mordanted, wool suiting non-mordanted, raw silk non-mordanted, cotton I first batiked than dyed indigo non-mordanted, I haven't boiled the wax out yet. I'm not happy with the color , I think I'll overdye it first with a chemical dye.
Well, it's now time for me to put away my dye pots and focus on packing for my trip out west and my Navajo workshop. I started dying my yarn and fabric last April with my daffodils and ended with indigo. I enjoyed going out early in the morning and putting on the dye pot before work and will miss it. Although, the golden rod is almost ready to pick and dye with and calling my name, as will be the black walnuts and acorns by the time we get home. I may have to fire up my stove then. I also hope to bring home a few new dye plants from out west to try. I'll still be sharing more with you until we leave Sept. 14.
My favorite September poem:
The Garden in September

"Now thin mists temper the slow-ripening beams
Of the September sun, his golden gleams on gaudy flowers shine,
that prank the rows of high grown hollyhocks and all tall shows...

Robert Bridges

1 comment:

Deb H said...

What a nice poem.

I guess you show really mordant 1st eh?

Can we spend a couple days next September doing acorn & black walnuts again? I'll bring fabric!

Have a good & safe trip! Say hi to John for me. Tell him Warren is still whinning because he hasn't come back up to visit again!

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