Tonight I had the rare chance to redo and correct something that didn’t end well last week. I am talking about curtains for my room that I tried dyeing using the steam bundle technique last week that didn’t end well. After all of my placing, tying, and seeing the frozen flowers colour begin to bleed onto the fabric; once I added the steam into the equation it went murky yellow-brown.
(My box of dyeable fabric)
Oh my, I am now realizing that I have not updated this blog in over a month… And it’s not because I haven’t been experimenting or just sitting around on my tush. Quite the opposite actually. I’ve been dyeing, sewing, gardening, mordanting, being picky about fabric, and crafting new ideas for new projects. Oi vey you can see I’ve been busy. Now where to start explaining what happened within those activities… I guess I will just break down each one briefly.
This is my blog post on the infamous Avocado dye.
A quick over view of the dye is: You can use avocado skin (and pit but I will get to that later) to make a dye bath and the results are pink on cellulose fibres and cappuccino (or pink )colour on protein fibres.
(Here are some avocado samples, the left row is from a weaker dye bath and the right one is from a more substantial dye bath)
Despite last weeks endeavours this week there was not quite as much success. The growing season here is taking its time. No new blossoms have bloomed… unless dandelion blossoms count. However it has been raining the past few days and maybe that will give the garden that push it needs to get blooming in its full spring potential. Anyways for now, I am here impatiently waiting for the lilacs that are on their way here. I can see the buds but none of them that are on our bush have opened yet and that is my next experiment. I want to try the flowers and some of the root as I am told the two give different colours.
Finally I have been able to slip into my natural dyeing plans. When I first got back home I was in a sort of rut. I had just finished all my assignments and I knew I was going on a quick road-trip with my mom to celebrate my aunts 60th birthday. So it was hard for me to get into any kind of habitual routine. Anyways after that tangent… This is my second round of dye baths this week, and this was pine cone day. I had collected two different types of pinecones.
Okie dou, so finally there are some flowers and blossoms that have bloomed that I can experiment with, here at my parents house! Yay! As soon as I saw the blooms I went and got my paper bags and gathered an ample amount of blossoms and boiled them up with wonder. I started off with two types of flowers to experiment with. One really surprised me and the other gave me what I expected. Here are the finished results:
(The one on the bottom is a lemony yellow and the one on top is a subtle pale sage green)
I cannot believe that there are roughly two weeks left of school before summer holiday starts!!! This will be the first time since I was four that I will have more than two months off and out of school. A bit of a weird and twisted thought if you think about it. And makes me question this extensive institutionalization.