Category Archives: Techniques

Fascinating indigo

I knew that indigo gives a good, flexible blue to those who know what they are doing. I didn’t know that it gives fabric anti-bacterial and fireproofing qualities. This short video shows some of the traditional Japanese processes involved in … Continue reading

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An experiment with the peg loom

I’ve had my peg loom for a while. I originally got it to make a rag rug to protect our heads from a low doorway. I wove a rectangle with strips of old sheets and curtains that had been used … Continue reading

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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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