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place your hexes

12 Aug

Subject to change without notification, but i am betting this will be the most likely configuration.

from behind the mirror a CAnd i’m having a terrible time photographing things this last week–the weather has been strange with dark moody skies and then a burst of blinding sun, and then thundercracks and lightening!

Doing some natural dye experimenting as well. I gathered dock (Rumex) seed stalks, after seeing the results someone else did in a REPUTABLE, SCIENTIFIC, FACT BASED FB group. Currently these are in various vessels with different modifiers and mordants.

fresh dock seedsFresh above, dried and drying below.

dry and drying dock seedThough someone else with 40 years of natural dye experience got a range of colours from yellow green and brown to red and orange, i’m getting some glorious shades of    ————————— ———————   yellow again………..but i like yellow now, and the more threads i have in the arsenal, and to over dye, the better my thread stash looks. Could be the season, could be the weather, could be the soil, could be the stage of growth, everyone gets different results with some things. My rhubarb root dye pot gave me the most luminescent glowing gold threads that i had to try these, and there were good results from burdock as well, but i can find no roots due to recent “herbicide” spraydowns. The bastards.

And why am i harping on PROVEN DYE methods again???? Because this kind of crap is still around:

gag me with a spoon full of stoopidThere’s a whole chunk of “dyes” listed for various colours (some are REALLY dumb…), but ANY site that immediately tells me i can use SALT and VINEGAR as a MORDANT or “fixative”, is IMMEDIATELY scoffed at by true natural dyers. Do a little research. (For one thing, vinegar is a MODIFIER, (and a Ph adjuster)not a mordant. Go look up the definition of mordant, you idiots.) Just because this is “Pioneer Thinking” doesn’t mean it’s true. “Pioneer thinking” also includes a hell of a lot of old wives’ tales. There are SO many good books, fantastic teachers and methodology sites, there’s no excuse for this ignorance. Stop perpetuating it, UNexperts……………

Back to regularly scheduled stitching again while things stew and rest.

 

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2 responses to “place your hexes

  1. Deb

    August 12, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    I’m glad I am not the only one who looks at some natural dye claims and think “are you kidding me?!” Clearly they write this stuff without even trying it out.

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    • arlee

      August 13, 2016 at 9:04 am

      It’s regurgitated crap a lot of times too, not even used personally by the writer to see if it’s valid. I’ve seen sites too where the “dyer” wondered why she couldn’t use the same pots that she dyed in to feed her family!!!!!! Or the one who showed OBVIOUSLY Procion dyed garments in professional shots, and claimed they were “natural”. Nuh uh. I don’t get why if you’re capable enough to be on line, why you’re not able to do real research and get the true info……and then people wonder and are suspicious of natural dyes.
      Oh i don’ know why i bother–the world is full of idjits……

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