Category Archives: Natural dye extracts

Finished natural dye extract scarves

Hand painted natural dyes with added fabric paintstik highlights

Hand painted natural dyes with added fabric paintstik highlights

This silk  scarf was one of two done in a natural dye extract class at HGA Convergence 2014, taught by Linda Hartshorn. In a earlier post I showed this scarf before I had washed the residual dye out. Waiting the 2 weeks to wash was painful. Very little of the dye washed out, so it was worth the wait. After washing I was unhappy with the indigo squiggles.

Before adding paintstik outlines

Before adding paintstik outlines

The added paintstik highlights added some bling and refined the indigo edges.

Stamped  natural dye extract scarf

Stamped natural dye extract scarf

The above scarf was also done in this workshop. It is much simpler in appearance. Thicken natural dyes were painted on a stamp then applied to the scarf. The leaves were indigo and the bees were logwood. For the bees I would choose a different natural dye to use if I was doing this again. The class was a great way to explore a new technique. An added benefit is walking away with 2 finished scarves to wear myself or give as a gift.

Painted Scarves with natural dye extracts

Silk painted scarves with natural dye extracts.

Silk painted scarves with natural dye extracts.

One of the classes I took at Convergence last week was ” Silk painting and stamping with natural dye extracts”. The class was taught by Linda Hartshorn. Here are some of the dye results. Mine is the center scarf in the front row of the above photo. We had lots of fun in this class.  The scarves are hanging to dry so we can take them home. After 2 weeks we can press them with a steam iron, than rinse them out. The colors will be lighter than you see, we were told. We used fustic, indigo, madder, logwood purple, cochineal, and maybe one or two more I don’t remember. Of course I bought some extracts at the vendor hall. I’d like to try dyeing on my own. Below are photos of more scarves done in the class by others. Such a variety of creative ideas.