Friday, January 21, 2011

Black Walnut Dye and more...

I mentioned last time that a friend gave me some black walnuts in their husks. I've soaked them, boiled them and dyed some fabric pieces. I was amazed at how dark the liquid was just from soaking the walnuts in water. In fact I'm soaking them again for a second dye. This time maybe some bundles.
I also dyed a few of the lighter color catcher sheets and am pleased with the way they picked up the dye. I'm trying to make them leather like. Here is a photo.

2 linens, color catcher sheets and tie innards


Jude's advanced cloth to cloth class started this week and we're off and running. It's already been an amazing experience with a new tool to use for weaving designs. Here are a few pics. My first weaving is a moon temple. The bottom left pic shows the temple with an indigo moon in the center. That moon was a gift from Nat. On the right are the patterns for the weavings. Bottom pink weaving will be done by this evening, I hope.


weaving on left and patterns on right

7 comments:

Storycloth said...

I love your 'Moon Temple'. This technique appears more precise and regular than I have seen before. Thanks for posting - I feel a bit more a part of what is happening with jude! Looks fantastic. Gilly

Suzanna said...

I love that rich dark walnut...yum...and your new weavings from class...I'm about to go work on mine. Moon temple...that title is perfect. This has been quite the full moon!

jude said...

the walnut is such an amazing dye, i love it. i gathered some last year around here, but they cut the tree down! i put your quote about practice in my sidebar. right next to karen's hey ho....wasn't sure if you wanted your real name there or not.

liniecat said...

ow love those rich walnut shades! Now Im def off in search of my walnut ink lolol fab colours !

Yvonne said...

Nice colour from the walnuts - and fun to be in class with you again.

Emmy said...

beautiful colors an your patterns are great

red2white said...

beautiful brown, it really looks like leather!

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