17 June 2013

Natural Dyes Binder

The first time I took a fiber department class in college, the teacher really stressed the importance of keeping a binder with samples and detailed notes on processes. So now, whenever I take a workshop, I'm sure to get everything organized and labeled. Here are some of the pages from the natural dyes class I took last week.




and here are my abbreviated notes.

Natural Dyes Class 

Mordant 10% alum & 5% potassium bitartrate

Fabrics: Silk Habotai 10mm, Raw silk/Silk Noil, and Unbleached dyers cotton muslin

Red Onion Skin - M
simmered with water, fabric pre-mordanted

Red Onion Skin
simmered with water

Yellow Onion Skin - M
simmered with water, fabric pre-mordanted

Yellow Onion Skin
simmered with water

Turmeric Powder
simmered with water, fugitive

Red Cabbage
simmered in water, color can be modified with acids and bases

Black Bean
soaked in cold water overnight, pre-mordanted, color can be modified with acids/bases

Black Walnut
dried, crushed, simmered in water, fabric pre-mordanted

Avocado Skins
dried, fermented for one week by alternatively heating and cooling, heat to dye

Mint
simmered in water, rust water added

Logwood
Simmered in water, fabric pre-mordanted

Madder
Simmered in water, fabric pre-mordanted

Osage Orange
Simmered in water, fabric pre-mordanted

Mulberry
Simmered in water


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