Though i could probably make several garments from the fabrics and threads created so far, during the Summer Madder Project, i’ve decided to add some to the shop.
All of these have been properly prepped, premordanted and dyed according to well researched practices, and historically accurate methods. I haven’t cut any corners just so i can make some coin, as i intend to use bits in my own work–and why short myself?! All of course, are natural fibres, in various weights of silk and cotton, as are the threads. All have been well rinsed after, and because they are done correctly to begin with, there should be no bleeding. Your methods of care may influence the colour, but not out of the ordinary. (Even synthetics can fade…) All natural dyes should be treated with care ie, minimal sun exposure (you can wear it once in awhile at a sunny festival, but not everyday), proper wash handling, which means hand washed with a NEUTRAL soap (Dawn Original dish soap, believe it or not, is perfect, and is what i use), and storage in a closed drawer, closet or box. This all being said, if you are adding it to your stash to use in art textiles, rather than wearables, well, most of that doesn’t apply, except for the sun exposure. Nobody hangs a painting where sun will hit it, and neither will you with your art, will you? 🙂
AND , because i DO things correctly, you will
NEVER find stuff like this in my shop! Someone is going to waste 30 bucks and be forever angry about natural dyes and their longevity…………….(Link is now to a removed item, though there are plenty of other items in her shop that are still “dyed” with beet juice, turmeric and black beans, notoriously fugitive stains…. )
EDIT June 8/18: Further to the beet juice “dyed” yarn on Etsy from the link above, i received a demand from the “dyer” to remove the link from my blog, as a bad example of natural dyeing. She boasted that her methods ARE historically accurate, and that she has a “niche market”………This is part of my response: “If this were true, my dear, you would not be using beet juice, as it is a fugitive stain, not a dye, and appears nowhere in historically accurate dye research, samples or extant work…..People, particularly clients, deserve the truth and accuracy that a skilled craftsperson brings to the field.” That niche market is going to be sorely disappointed. Edit again: that link was removed, but she still has other stained, rather than naturally dyed items……….
And i *won’t* be removing the link. Links, correctly done (because they’re presenting ALL the information ON that link), by the way, are not “stealing”–who’s “taking” anything? If i were praising someone, you can bet they wouldn’t say the same……
I *don’t* wish ill to this person, but i completely disagree with her business ethics, and integrity. She does herself no favours either, but will go broke when people start demanding their money back, or passing on the word that there is no point shopping there. Sad, especially since the correct knowledge is in at least a visit to the library!