Friday, July 27, 2007
Here is an example of rather odd results. Marigolds are supposed to yield bright yellow results...this particular marigold look fairly green to green-ish yellow. ODD.
Here i have some silk dyed in an unlabeled exhaust pot (oops!). on the right is the silk rinsed right out of the dye pot. middle, a vinegar dip, left amonia dip. i took the silk out of the dye pot and divided it into 3 parts, so this is the same dye pot even! wild...
i don't use distilled water (which is bad i know :-)
this makes me suspect that black hills water is somewhat acid.
Here's the same thing with silk dyed in Poppies. Not as wild a difference, but definitely a response.
Here's Daylily directly out of the dye pot. Here's some of the above daylily separated off...right vinegar, left amonia.
so cool! here they are...left, ammonia; middle, vinegar; right no dip!
Monday, July 23, 2007
so, I'm putting alum-premordanted, wet, unrinsed silk and it did the totally coolest thing. Here's pics!
Here you can see the dye without the silk in it...bright red-wine kind of red! PRETTY!!!
Now, I put in the silk and ...
More and more and more blue as the pH changes to basic!
It changes gradually until it is all somewhat of a blue-purple!
Here's all the newest silk...on the right we have the jar of red-daylily dye turning blue, then the orange-y yellow coreopsis, then hollyhocks, then rose (don't know if that will do anything!), then petunias, then another daylily jar already turned all the way blue! YAY...Can't wait to see how they turn out. Plus i went and got stuff to try iron and copper mordant as well! HEHHEHEHE!
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Coreopsis are a new dye plant that I'm trying. I love the pretty yellow and red flowers and the dye is already looking quite promising.
Of course, tons of stuff is looking awesome. My MIL's marroon day lilies which are gorgeous alive are promising a beautiful color of dye...as are poppies, and other day lilies and more!
Can you tell I'm excited? It's Dyeing Season!!!!!!
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Sunday, July 08, 2007
Clearly i need to put something different around this little bed...I've been recycling existing materials!
Saturday, July 07, 2007
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
we're home safely...Route 66 has effected my life permanently...I'd do it again tomorrow. but there's dozens of other places i want to see too...