Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Not more snow?

Last mention of snow dyeing, I promise - at least for now! But I thought you might like to see the washed and pressed fabric. The colours are more muted than the images show, but I'm quite pleased with the results. Just have to decide whether to keep them, or sell them!

This is the cotton:

The muslin:The silk noil:

And the scrim, which I think is my favourite:

Management decision; comments made on this blog entry between now and 31st January will be put into a draw to win some of the fabric.


Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Tapestry Weaving

I've just put up the exhibition of Tapestry Weaving by Joan Young. The exhibition consists of two great pictures which Joan has woven on frames similar to the one shown, with bags and scarves woven on a ladder frame.

Joan will be taking a workshop on Friday 26th February from 2pm to 4pm, and we will be weaving an abstract picture. Booking is now open, so do contact me to book a place to learn this centuries old craft. There are only 6 place available and the cost, including materials, is £30.


Sunday, 10 January 2010

To Dye For

Mixed results with the snow dyeing. The pictures show the fabric rinsed, but still wet.

The silk noil turned out a bit blotchy - maybe I should have put this at the bottom to catch the drips; I know from previous experiments that this fabric soaks up a lot of liquid and the dye doesn't spread far.

The cotton and muslin turned out OK, although there are a few white patches. Could be that I used too much fabric, or should have used more snow? The yellow/gold took the dye more evenly than the red/blue. The blue didn't take onto the muslin/scrim, but as you can see, the noil and cotton kept hold of it a lot better.

All in all a good experiment, and one I will repeat, but maybe not today!