from back to front, i.e. images taking one back in time
A view of the dye cupboard on the porch; it's where I keep most of my dyeing utensils; a glimpse of my not-so-methodical notes: usually I start reading on the internet and in books, looking for answers, whilst reading I realise I won't remember it all, or maybe not even a little bit and so I grab the first bit of paper I can get my hands on and start making notes, turning the piece of paper upside down when visiting another blog/book for info! and so on.....
I have a folder with most of my dye related notes which I cannot locate, I think I might have left it at Marijke's* place. I was there last week for an entire day's kind of private workshop on dyeing cellulose fabrics.....
We washed lots of cellulose fibres in soda/water, left them soaking for two hours, I learnt this is how one should start the dyeing-process and amidst all our conversations and researching I fell in love with the whole concept of home dyeing again.
Once back home Django and I went for an evening walk and I collected oak apples (tannin!) for a home-made mordant.
Finally, a week later I got round to grinding the oak apples in my granny's old electric coffeegrinder, measured the correct amount of powder to dry cloth (6-8% powder per 100% fabric) both of which I was able to weigh exactly on new scales!
* check out her site Eco Textile Studio
13 bundles in pot, I have used willow from our own garden and walnut from just across the road leaves for eco prints, one hopes
|cotton in the mordant|