Thursday, April 15, 2010
Some of us got together on Tuesday for a natural dyeing workshop. We tried a few local plants that are reputed to give colour (horsetail, blackberry shoots) that were insipid. Better results were obtained from alder shoots, nettle and lichen. Great results were achieved with onion skins, madder, rhubarb root, and of course the magical indigo.
A real surprise were the colours Lucas was able to achieve on raffia and leather. Above is one of his tiny baskets dyed with indigo - it has been taking a long time to oxidize. The cloth below it is a (formerly ivory) rayon top I got from the Free Store and gave a few dips in the indigo pot.
Also above, Gwen brought several skeins of her handspun and got a lovely array of colour.
I'm now preparing for an embroidery workshop at the Arts Centre - part of the island's Arts and Culture Week.