Last weeks progress with the dye-athon
top shelf left- chamomile and alum
top shelf right – leftover baths from weld, persian berries, and safflower, and bunged in together and with a few stray onion skins added for good measure. Alum. This is one of the nicer yellows
2nd shelf down – best turkish madder, first wash, with alum. The darker colour to the right is silk.
3rd shelf down, left- english madder, first wash with alum. I’ve never used this madder before, and although I hate to be unpatriotic, I don’t think I’ll be using it again, as it’s a little too brown.
3rd shelf down, right- cutch and alum
4th shelf- 2nd wash turksih madder, alum
5th shelf- 2nd wash english madder, alum
bottom- one fromeach of the above, but with after mordant of tin. I’m not sure I left it long enough, as it hasn’t really made that much difference to the colours. Trouble is you have to be careful with tin as it can damage the fibre.
I still have other colours to do, as well as a third wash from the turkish madder (I’m not going to bother with the english)
I’m a little concerned that I need some embroidery to do at work, as I’m almost done with the last of the fillers for the labours of the months, and there’s just no way I’ll have the rest of the dyes done by the end of this week. mynext project though, is a zodiac, the centre of which is the sun, so might get away with just the reds and yellows…
In other news I’ve decided to abandon the bayeux piece once and for all (I can still use it for display as a ufo) becuase for the last two weeks,instead of settling down for two hours or so of nice relaxing sewing in the evening, I’ve faffed on the internet to avoid working on the damnedthing. It bores me, not being able to sew stresses me out, and at this rate it will take til next year to finish – life’s too short!
Instead for the next few weeks or so I’mgoing to focus and getting a few bits and bobs done for Nottingham, including getting the labours assembled. After that, since I’m ahead with my Christmaspresent making, I’m going to indulge myself and make the fairytale coat I’ve been wanting to make for thelast two years