July 25, 2011

natural dyeing workshop {part I}

Last weekend I braved the heat and spent three days at the Textile Museum attending a workshop on natural dyeing. It was led by artist, weaver, and independent textile conservator Louise Wheatley.
On Friday we focused on mordanting various fabrics and fibers, understanding the different possibilities with plants and powder dyes, and dyeing some of the materials we prepared.

 some of the materials we used


cotton, silk, linen fabrics to be scoured for dyeing


pots and pans for mixing and dye vats


scouring the materials


philodendrum


pomegranate flowers


other plants we used to make yellow



the indigo vat




lichen


some of my first pieces of cloth and yarn dyed with indigo




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