Sunday, April 20, 2014


 more dye results, from left to right: cow parsley/sorrel dye wrapped 'round copper pipe: bright yellow; coin clamp from avocado/onion peel dye: pale pinks and spots of blue; another yellow strip: same as first one; washer-clamp-cloth from avocado/onion peel vat, again more shades of pink and grey with hollow circles.....
new lino cut, I am so happy with this square shaped print: the dog barking up the tree, the bird perched on the tree branch, the watchful hare waiting to see what might occur

first print on paper, second one on cotton; might need a little tweak here and there, do they need eyes I wonder

of course there had to be a hare, it's easter!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday's Full Post

 in answer to Grace's question re the prints: they are lino cuts, they are placed onto the fabric/paper or the other way round whatever is more practical

what remains after dyeing

tie dye result, the overblown ranuculus flowers were tied with elastic bands and dipped into last week's cow parsley-sorrel dye, there's also a copper pipe in the vat, maybe that has had some influence, there are tinges of blue (not to be seen in pic, I have no idea why) where the fabric was bunched together;

below: clamp-resist from the old avocado/onion peel dye, I really like the washer circles and will make a lot more of these; here the clamps themselves also influence the results, as can be clearly seen in bottom left corner, where a square has appeared

 on the left the avocado/onion peel dye with still two more bits of fabric developing....on the right the cow parsley/sorrel with the submerged copper pipe...bits of mold floating 

the garden is very green

geranium phaeum:
I am very excited about this particular plant as I have discovered it's petals produce a beautiful BLUE. It is one of the most prolific plants in our garden, introduced by the previous owner and apparently it feels so much at home here it has spread all over the garden and continues to do so; from now on you will be seeing me on my knees collecting the petals as they drop, I will try to dry and crush them and make a HomeGrownBlueDye! It was Jude's idea of experimental dyeing with whatever happened to be in the garden on a daily basis that made me try the geranium, see her post Scraps of Spring

the very pale green comes from the plant stems and leaves

 spring has sprung, I see fields of dye, my thoughts wander elsewhere and I realise that at this precise moment in time somewhere someone is suffering, all of a sudden the beauty seems obscene, my observing it is meaningless and I ask self what is the point?
these thoughts never last....mine is a fickle nature, and thus my wayward mind lets itself be very easily distracted; back home the printing continues: 'tis what I do

p.s. all fabrics in this post have been soy mordanted

Sunday, April 13, 2014

the generous clematis

birds mainly

 the avocado/onion peel dye turned out surprisingly pale (not to say drab) and I decided to spruce it up with a print; the cloth was still damp after washing and as the piece was too wide to fit through the press I folded it over twice, hence the faded print next to the crisp print in the middle:

BirdBoy has embraced in the most literal sense the two newcomers, Bweetle and Twoad: they share a bed, his bed; there is nothing like living in close proximity to each other, you see, hear, feel and smell everything about one another; looking at this picture I see the crack in BirdBoy's head and the metal wire repair, the vertebrae on Twoad's back and the twisted legs on Bweetle, these things move me, I am looking in a mirror, for a moment I am aware of an unspeakable sadness within, such as Jude has mentioned here

The cow parsley/sorrel dye resulted in a very pale yellowy-beige and the spots were still too dominant I felt, so I again opted for a print to jazz it up, on the left a darker surround, on the right again the print has 'leaked' through onto the folded fabric, it was only afterwards did I think to tear the fabric in half, duh; all the bird prints were freshly pressed onto the fabric (as in: no folding over, and the cloth was dry) 

note: I used commercial textile paints for all of the prints, these were fixed by ironing. 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

things I might do on a Saturday afternoon

like make a rickety table out of hazel wood and part of a zinc gutter, partly screwed and then tied together with string the husband found in a field; I do so enjoy working with my hands outdoors

I am not quite sure what it's for, I had thought the birds could use it as a shallow birdbath, then again as it is high (which was my intention) I could use it for potting plants; I have poured in rusty rain water from the zinc container and as the table turned out more horizontal than anticipated (despite not having used a spirit level) the water doth runneth over....  

  it can also be used for dyeing experiments!

moving on to other dyeing pots: above the first cow parsley/sorrel dye of 2014 with rust-rainwater added, below the bundle in yesterday's avocado/onion peel dye, one more day and then I will allow myself to check the results

husband's excellent find

Friday, April 11, 2014

 last week's beautiful flowers are fading rapidly, look how the reddish pink has turned to stripes; never one to pass up on a dyeing experiment, I have gathered the petals and wrapped them up in a soy-mordanted piece of cotton I happened to have prepared (!) it has gone into an avocado-onion-peel-dye (leftovers form yesterday's salad) will check on it Sunday; meanwhile after pottering about in kitchen and in front of the computer with several cups of coffee I finally ventured out and went for a long walk all by myself - it still can feel awkward getting started without Tungsten -  in the pics below you can see where I came from on the left, behind the tree line; on the right where I'm heading along a path that runs through the golf course and is a public footpath, towards the nearby village of Spijk; I met a lady on said path, who was blowing her whistle with a passion as her dog, a black labrador, had fled off in pursuit of a hare (which we all know is a futile attempt, but lots of fun for the dog, I'm not so sure the hare sees it the same way) she was running wild on the golf course which is not as it should be, eventually the dog heard the whistle and swam across the water to return to her owner, a very good dog indeed! The lady explained to me she had found her on a site for labs-looking-for-new-homes, which sounds very promising in our own dog-quest, I will discuss this with the family as soon as we all manage to be home at the same moment in time

on my way back I encountered two delightful companions, who accompanied me all the way home; the walk didn't turn out quite as lonely as I had imagined it would be
p.s. they have decided to stay for a while, hurray