|Natural Dyes from Joybilee Farm, weld, and woad|
This is on cotton T-Shirts, mordanted with Myrobolan and then Alum, before dyeing with weld. The blue is from Spring woad -- plants that are already sending up their flower shoots. We extracted the dye from fresh leaves and stalks and then reduced it using thiourea dioxide. Again it is on cotton, but the blue is unmordanted. If I had used wool or silk the colour would have been darker.
The green has been mordanted with myrobolan and alum and then put into the woad vat only. The myrobolan is a source of tannin. It is steeped in a cold pot for a few days and then rinsed before mordanting with alum -- 1/4 cup per 1 kg. of cotton fabric. The alum is simmered for one hour and then the fabric is allowed to cool in the alum pot. The fabric has a slight green cast after both mordants and the green became darker after a dip in the woad vat.
These fabrics will become beach bags. The dyeing takes longer to do than making the beach bags. I am getting a lovely effect by using some carved blocks with gold and silver gutta to over-pattern the natural dye colours. You can just barely see the gold gutta printed on the weld dyed cotton. It really shimmers.
|Belle and Bubbles|