Category Archives: Techniques

A blue batch of solar dyeing

Most easily available natural dyestuffs give beige gold or beige. So discovering something that gives blue is a very useful event. Black beans. Ordinary ones, from the local supermarket. They went into the jars of water at the beginning of … Continue reading

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Another flour paste technique

In my first experiment with flour paste resist, I spread the paste all over the fabric, and then scraped off a pattern. The hardest part of the process was getting the dried paste off. Logically, therefore, the next thing to … Continue reading

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Painting trees with salt

This design combines two techniques, which as you can see from the picture gives some very different results. First, the basic shapes of a tree trunk standing on a hillside was drawn, using wax. Then the whole scarf was painted … Continue reading

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First adventures with woad

Well, I’ve finally bitten the bullet. I’ve read dire warnings about the importance of being patient with woad harvesting, because: you need a lot of leaves to get a decent amount of dye, and the chemicals that provide the blue … Continue reading

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Solar dyeing again

Well, I bet some of you out there are ahead of me here. About three weeks ago, I started off some solar dyeing. A couple of days later, I noticed that one of the marigold jars was a different colour … Continue reading

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Eco printing

Eco printing is a process of wrapping dyestuff in damp mordanted fabric, wrapping it up, and either leaving it to “cure” in a warm dry place, or steaming it to extract and fix the colour. Last year’s attempts gave mixed … Continue reading

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A solar surprise

Well, everyone says that the problem with natural dyes is that you cannot repeat colours exactly. With any dyeing process, there is scope for variation due to slight differences in quantities, moisture content etc. With natural dye stuff there will … Continue reading

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