There comes a time when I just like to shoot pictures rather than write about what I do, and then just post those pictures on the blog. Something like a wordless or perhaps a photo post. Besides, don’t they say a picture is worth a thousand words? This post is definitely that…I will let the pictures speak for themselves.

ornamental pear leaf on viscose jersey fabric

distinct leaf and eucalyptus seed prints on viscose jersey fabric

eucalyptus seed pods, against purple from logwood dye background

contact prints from eucalyptus seed pods

purples from logwood dye, and pink to crimson red from lac extract

deep to dark purples and pinks on rust printed background–a result from rusty can

Here’s an accidental spill from a small amount of lac extract on the fabric. I discovered that this colorant is quite similar to cochineal bugs and the price is affordable. What a delightful and pleasant discovery, quite by accident.

Lac extract is a red dye extracted from laccifer lacca, a scaled insect, quite similar to cochineal as it yields crimson to red to dark burgundy.

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“A smile is worth a thousand words, live happy, dye happiest.”

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2 Responses to serendipity

  1. Susan says:

    Gorgeous colours. Thank you!


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