Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Natural Fiber Fair & Natural Colors to Dye For
This is a photo of Carin Engen and Sara in Carin's booth Artfully Felt. Carin is a dear friend and one of the organizers of the fair. This year she asked me to have a few things in her booth. I put in a few scarves, bags and luminaries. It was a first for me having my work for sale in a public venue, it was great to hear all the positive comments about my work from buyers and sellers alike. Thanks Carin.
On Sunday I took a class in natural dyeing from Linda Hartshorn. It was so amazing! I was in wonder of all the colors available from nature! We dyed wool yarn, most of the instruction covered dyeing wool, or protein fibers. You begin with soaking your wool in a mordant, we used Alum, which was then dissolved in water. A mordant creates a chemical type of reaction with the wool that will allow the wool to absorb the dye. While that is going on you make up your dye. Some things need
After you remove your wool you let it cool off a bit then rinse out the excess dye and hang to dry.
The dye pot here is a dye made with Logwood.
Here is a variety of the colors of yarn that the class dyed on the drying racks.
Here on the right are the colors I dyed. Here is a list of the colors and what they were made from:
I thoroughly enjoyed the class! I can't wait to make some white felt and then dye it from some of the natural dye stuffs I picked up at the class. Now I get to roam the forest for things to make my own dye from.