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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.

New Painted Warp

 Hand Painted warp for  scarf

Hand Painted warp for scarf

A new project is on the loom and ready to begin weaving if a few minutes can be squeezed in. The scarf  warp was painted with Procion MX dyes, using 3 colors. I’m planning on using a solid red purple Tencel for the Weft. The warp is also an 8/2 Tencel. I’ll be using an 8 harness manifold twill pattern that is a change of the draft used for the green painted shawl I just finished.

I will be off to HGA Convergence conference in Providence, RI tomorrow.  With classes, exhibits, the fashion show and vendor hall, I’ll be sure to come back full of inspiration and some photos to share.

Natural Dye Day

Yarn skeins drying after being dyed in a variety of Natural Dye baths.

Yarn skeins drying after being dyed in a variety of Natural Dye baths.

Indigo, Logwood, Brazilwood, Osage Orange, Peach, Lichen, Cochineal, Achiote, Onion skins, Henna, Golden Rod and Madder were all used to make Natural Dye baths. Cheryl, a member of our WOW study group hosted a natural dye day at her home. From her days in Louisiana working at a plantation hosting Natural dyeing and weaving activities, she developed a love of dyeing that she enjoys sharing with others. Wool yarn was my fiber of choice to dye. The yarns were prepared by washing in a mild soap to remove any dirt and or spinning oil. The yarn was brought whetted out for better dye penetration. Some of the dye skeins were put into a mordant bath (Alum). Then the fun began choosing which baths to use to create a wide spectrum of color.