Sunday, June 10, 2007

Natural Dyes: A Whole Array of Colors

I was in a natural dye workshop all weekend and it was fabulous. I have to admit I was dreading it a little bit at first. Every weekend in May and June has been booked with activites and I was really wanting a weekend that was all mine. BUT this was much better than anything I could have done left to my own devices.

We dyed madder, logwood grey, fustic, indigo (both Japanese and Guatemalan), and cochineal. From these dyes, we were able to get the entire spectrum of the color wheel.

In the past, I have always been obsessed with indigo. This was before I had ever dyed with cochineal bugs. I am now in love with cochineal. Most of my dyed fiber is sitting in a garbage bag, wet, and ageing for the week. However, I do have three pieces of fiber to show you:

The red: cochineal
The orange: a mixture of madder, cochineal, and fustic
The yellow: madder

In a week of so, after I wash out the rest of my fiber, I will post photos of the rest of my work.


Stefaneener said...

That looks like beautiful fiber challah.

Stefaneener said...

Sorry, of course that's me, Stefani -- nice to have met you at the workshop.

cpurl17 said...

Hi there!

It's the other Christine from dying class. Your fiber challah looks delicious!

BTW, I noticed that you have recently discoverd podcasting. I highly recommend the "Cast-On" podcast.

In one of her earlier series she talks about her attempts at natural dying.

CassieMarie said...

Beautiful Job, I loge the colors of natural dyes, I think I will try to get into using them once I move out of my tiny apartment! Ha!
Dyeing with bugs reminds me of when I was a kid. My sister and I would always "stun" lightning bugs and then smear the glowing stuff on our faces and arms, the thought of if now just makes me squeamy...
Anyways, nice roving!

Kristine said...

Thanks cassiemarie --
your brought back a memory when you wrote about lightning bugs...I would go from minnesota to illinois to visit my grandparents as a kid -- and we would capture lightning bugs, take a jar puncture holes in the top of the lid, put the lightning bugs inside the jar, and put them next to our beds as nightlights. How cruel! Anyways, wait till you see the indigo roving that I have not posted yet -- it is beautiful!