naturally dyed thread

Blue and Rust

I tried my hand at Michel Garcia's 123 Organic Indigo Vat see instructions here

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Hand dyed thread using indigo

 The image above shows the silk/cotton thread, mulberry silk, and in the back...alpaca! Was proud that I was able to make lovely hanks of the dyed thread. I have figured out a way to make my hanks shape up and behave just like they did before they were dyed.

 

Colors from indigo

I also dyed silk/wool gauze.  And then I placed the fabric on a rusty table. Haza!

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Also tried my hand at letting the rusty table work its magic on the silk/wool broadcloth. 

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First trial with silk/wool broadcloth on rusty table-top. 

Large leaves acted as a resist on the rusty table-top.  

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A groundhog story and mulberry dye

There is a groundhog who lives in my backyard. We caught him once, and he escaped. Now the hunt is on.  He likes to eat mulberries and sweet potato vine.

Groundhog eating mulberries

Sweet potato vine eaten down to the stub.

Brief capture

Sweet temptation

I decided to capture mulberries and let them make marks as they would, and collect the fruit for dye. At least the fruit that the ground pig didn't eat. 

These pictures tell part of the natural dye story.

The 70% silk/30% cotton 4 ply thread from my store, took the dye beautifully, and created a dusty-gray-blue. Love this.  

Nice Marks.

Decided to make iron mordant using the underside of an old metal table, adding water and vinegar. 

I have a bucket of old iron window-weights. We had all of our windows replaced and I kept the nifty iron rods. I've used these to wrap fabric when eco-dying, now they will produce a nice iron mordant. Yippy. 

 

Groundhog proof fence for my veggies

Garden is doing just fine, as it is protected from the critter.

This picture is for all of you rusty-gold lovers. I plan to slap some fabric ontop of this and weigh it down...at least that's how I think I should handle this bounty, what do you think?