Saturday, 7 June 2008

Laura Kemshall`s workshop & natural dyeing

Sorry about the previous blog I still have trouble working backwards here is the finished bag which is based on an Indian one and below is the square before it is stitched together

I love dyeing and I have always wanted to try dyeing with natural dyes, I was going to leave this until I had done a workshop, but I bought a book " Natural dyes" by Linda Rudkin spent a fortune on mordants and natural dyestuffs.The result is shown apposite the top colour is Logwood a beautiful dark mauve, this is the heart wood of a tree, isnt it amazing that anyone thought of trying it? the pinks are cochhineal ( yes I had to grind up those poor little beatles) the silvery grey is elderberries lovely colour and i shall be doing more when they come into season.The rest is a mixture of the dyes I have got Madder and Alkanet on the go tonight in fact I must go and check the temp of the Madder as it musnt get too hot


Shirley Anne Sherris said...

That's a lot of fabric to use up Pippa and what a lovely range of colours. You couldn't buy better. I love dying too. I even dye my own machine threads.

sharon young said...

What a mouth watering post. I've been toying with the idea of natural dying for some time and seeing your gorgeous colours I think the time has come to have a go.
Your bag is splendid too, such a lot of scrummy detail :-)

Liz said...

Lovely bag! I have found with madder that it works just as well to heat it and then leave it overnight. Stops it getting too hot. Or longer.

MargaretR said...

Beautiful colours and that bag is to 'dye' for.