new threads, and the hunt for the elusive lavender

YUMMERS.

Below lac, brazilwood (sappanwood), and onion, and combos:

 

A comparison of the previously dyed onion:

Some of these will be in the shop, announcement to be made when listed 🙂 Obviously being as delicious as they are, i have reserved some for a special person: ME!

The onion gives greener tones initially, but there doesn’t seem to be much difference when overdyed. My lac and BW however were a stronger WOF for these babies, so deeper shades resulted. YUM!

These are from previously used dyebaths, after doing cloth. I don’t waste a drop! From Lac, the natural dye that shows up in searches as anything but a natural dye: lac, lac with iron, and eucalyptus:

These above are included in a new fabric pack in the shop.

And a combination of the two (because with natural dyes, purple/pink and yellow don’t always make mucky brown):

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I have had through my dyeing days (years now, wow!) ONE skein of lavender thread. I don’t remember what i used, but i suspect it was cochineal, and the thread was silk. I’ve been partial to lavender as an accent with rust and neutrals since the days when i first started all the hand stitching. The ones i used below are commercial, but there’s no reason not to try for a natural version. The purples and lavenders on the fabrics however IS natural, from Brazilwood, and i covet those various shades!

Mother’s Heart, 2013:

The a Difference Between A Plum, detail, 2013:

Strange Soul Take Flight, detail, in progress, 2013:

(2013 was a very productive year…..)

The Mini Goddess Moons, 2018, lavender leaves on 3 of them. (These are *completely” done in natural dyes, both fabric and threads.) I like the way the lavender gleams amongst all the stronger natural dye colours.

 I suspect it’s time to get the cochineal out and try weaker solutions to get that glowing shiny shade!

 

 

One response to “new threads, and the hunt for the elusive lavender

  1. Lovely colours of threads, Arlee !
    I am not a dyer but have, in the past and just lately, used a watered-down acrylic paint for some of my cloth. And like you, did not waste a drop especially of a colour I liked .. just scrunched up a piece of cloth in what was left of my painting efforts, let soak up and dry … always a future possibility !
    This past week I decided to throw in some lovely strands of canvas threads (frayed from a length of painters canvas I had used to make a carrying bag for a large pce. of art) … into the left over paint … the canvas soaked up that colour nicely and now I can turn it back into the current work ,,, a little sharper contrast and interest in the same background colour ! And there you go 😉
    Wishing you good luck finding that elusive lavender !

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