A few summer silks – a refreshing change from cotton!
And some wool gauze scrarves.
Next year’s cottons drying after a second soymilk soak.
Only 2 soaks this time. Then, I can decide what I want for the final mordant. Perhaps a third soy mordant for some of it, although I’m not sure I see a big difference between 2 and 3 soaks. It could be added calcium carbonnate to a final alum soak; never know till I get there!
I finally finished cleaning up and putting my outdoor studio to bed for the season yesterday. The main working table has a clean piece of cotton and a fresh plastic top stapled on and a new tablecloth covers that. One table was moved to make room for an outdoor Plastic “shed” that previoyusly held my gardening tools but mostly had a lot of junk in it. It’s now filled to protect powdered dyes, mordants, silk screens and various tools. Most of my pots and pans are in black plastic bags on a shelving unit that I brought inside as well. I left a couple large pots out so that I can make up a couple batches of tannins today with 2 good weather days forecast. I’ll keep them in jars in the fridge, ready for next year. I also have to make up a fresh pot of alum, then a batch of soymilk to mordant a bolt of fabric that will cure over the winter.
This week, I washed out the last of my cotton prints that were curing. Here’s the last batch of rusted prints:
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I dyed this piece of cotton saxon blue but, not being familiar with this dye yet, I went too light on the amount of dye I used. So, I experimented a bit further cutting off two pieces of the fabric and dipping the first one in half vinegar and half ferrous sulfate; the second piece, I dipped in hot soda ash. Pretty dramatic difference!
It’s that time of year now when my outdoor work comes to an end. I have only a few more chores to do before I prepare it to winter over. So this morning I’ll take a look back to days when I had a special visitor! Only a few weeks ago did I realize that one of the trees on the slope beside Lake Quannapowett was a pear tree. The leaves actually did print with some coaxing.