Morna Crites-Moore had a beautiful post today. If you haven’t seen it yet, click here to take a look … I’ll wait.
Her post, along with the news of David Bowie’s death from liver cancer inspired today’s violet patch (not that I was a fan, but Ziggy Stardust, Major Tom, and Suffragette City did play in the background of my teenage years) …
I haven’t done any discharge dyeing with bleach for over a year, mostly because I wasn’t wild about cutting freezer paper masks. Having long intended to try using Don’s foam paint daubers as an alternative, Morna’s post gave me the incentive finally to give it a try ..
So even though it looked promising …
nothing much happened. Reading the label I found bleach waaaay down the list of ingredients. Hmmm.
Not to be deterred, I dug out a bleach pen, squeezed some out on the plastic lid and gave it a try. Whoa … talk about fast acting! The first couple of moons went way too far. Then I tried rinsing sooner, and others didn’t go far enough …
|In addition to the moon variations,
I was seriously debating which was the best violet representative
Fortunately, the moon at the beginning of the post was just right. Because it only takes one, right? Which reminds me … gotta buy one of those billion dollar lottery tickets today.
Before I head out though, here’s the final batch of pictures from the natural dyeing workshop …
|Ten of the sixteen participants|
|Three vats of red|
|into which we all dipped cloth we brought with us for the workshop|
|Brazilwood (which Mo informed me is an endangered species)
samples of which were cut up and given to each participant
|Silk, cotton, linen and wool dipped in
Cochineal and Madder were also shared with everyone
| The second day of the workshop was dedicated to Indigo magic