22 July 2019

Most fun in a long time

Here are the pieces we made using black thickened dye applied with a hogs hair brush.

This was a silk screen on the last piece of fabric neither of us wanted.  Good thing. It's ugly.

They dried quickly on the hot pavement. When bone dry, I washed them in cold water with 2 color catchers, retayne and Synthropol. Retayne aids in retaining the color and synthropol aids in preventing dye back. The color catchers grab all the free dye molecules in the wash and trap them which also helps in dye back.

Here they are washed dried and ironed.

18 July 2019

Playdate with Marcella

Marcella sent me a link to a form of Japanese dyeing called Kakishibu - persimmon juice dyeing. 

This photo is off the internet. They were made by masami yokoyama yokoyama.

The fermented persimmon juice is very expensive so I suggested we try to imitate the color with MX dyes. She came over today after having purchased jars of dusty orange and nutmeg dyes from ProChem. We tried to approach this is an organized and scientific way. 

We set out three sets of three bowls and added about a fat half to a half yard of fabric to each bowl. Each set had a half cup of water, a half cup of dye solution and a half cup of soda ash water. Marcella labeled each of the three bowls light, medium and dark. In the light here was one tablespoon of dye concentrate then filled to a half cup with water. The medium had 2 tablespoons and the dark 4 tablespoons.

The first one we tried was dusty orange.

The next was Nutmeg

The last was what we called half and half, equal parts dusty orange and nutmeg.

We had to make the most of our time so I rinsed them by hand after an hour and soaked them in soda ash solution. After wringing, we laid them out on the hot asphalt driveway and they dried very quickly. Now we were ready to make marks. See the next post for fabulous results.

15 July 2019

More boiled botanical prints

I will let the prints speak for themselves