A Daily Blog on Textile and Garden Adventures

14. Jan, 2021

The top row shows the samples post mordant but pre dying. The columns are wool, silk (both protein fibres) linen and cotton (cellulose fibres) . The row document what happened with a post dye dip in potions of Copper, ferrous sulphate solution, iron and aluminium. Some eco practitioners maintain that potions made directly from rusted metal contain the corrosive element that will continue to oxidize and eventually destroy the fabric so I have included both samplings. The right hand page shows details of the foliage, where it was sourced etc and a photocopy of the eucalypt leaf

13. Jan, 2021

I batch tannin and mordant my fabrics for eco dying so that I have a selection of fabric to use. Usually it is just two or three metres of cotton but this time I also had a metre of linen. I have been using Sumac as a tannin bath because it doesn't discolour the fabric like chestnut tannin or tea and is very saft. Sumac is a middle Eastern condiment. The worst part about it is that it stays in suspension so rinsing at the end can be a bit more difficult. I was very surpris3ed to see that the linen turned a light grey although once line dried this was less noticeable. You can see the difference in the photo above. I have never had a problem ecodying linen but I have been told it needs to be mordanted even more carefully than cotton to get good results. We will see what happens with my experiments over the next few days

12. Jan, 2021

No that is not tea in the glass. I have been batch scouring and mordanting ready for new eco samples for Jan and some experiments I want to carry out re colour changes with different mordants. I scoured a metre of linen and 3 metres of my normal cotton and this was the colour of the water with the impurities from the fabric at the end of simmering for 2 hours with 15% soda ash by weight of fabric and a teaspoon of Fairy detergent (ph neutral) I suspect the worst of this came from the linen as the cotton is off the bolt I have been using for some time and it isn't usually this dark after scouring.

11. Jan, 2021

I don't very often work in red but the used Christmas papers set the colour pallet for this little piece. I have momigamied the paper to break up the fibres so they would take the intense surface stitching at the end. I then applied all the substrates to an old drop sheet with gel medium. I added the darker horizontal strip left over from an earlier experiment. The Queen Anne's lace machine sketch was done pretty much free hand with just the size ouline drawn on the fabric. To inegrate the piuece as a whole I then free machine quilted the surface with a figure of eight scribble stitch in red. Quite different from my normal type of work but an interesting experiment in the use of recycled paper none the less.

10. Jan, 2021

This was fabric included in the pack Jill sent me to work on. I decided to satin stitch around the edge and of the apples and leaves and then stitch it onto a piece of craft brown paper. The bottom leaf hangs over the edge and wil fold up into the journal