Tag Archives: iron mordant

before and after

In this post, I am sharing with you a two-step process using a plain silk fabric that was first dyed blue in indigo vat dye; and then contact printed the dyed fabric with plant materials to create an interesting design … Continue reading

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mordant testing on tansy dyebath

Following last week’s post, I was curious to find out what other colors and shades could be coaxed from the yellow dye bath by using different mordants. The word, mordant or mordre, literally means “to bite” in French . Thus, a mordant … Continue reading

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natural dyeing, pecan

This will be my first post for year 2015. Wishing all my readers a peaceful and joyous New Year! Over the Christmas holidays, I found a pecan tree on my walk home from the library. It was quite by accident actually, as … Continue reading

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little experiment

A snippet of past experiments on silk with various botanical found locally in my area and our garden. *Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts … Continue reading

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weekly bundle: rust dyeing on cotton and silk

Rust dyeing is an interesting method of surface printing that adds dimension to fabrics, such as cellulose or animal fiber. Cellulose fiber are cotton and linen, and animal fiber are wool, and silk. When using iron on silk, caution should … Continue reading

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weekly bundle: fall leaves in gold

Osage orange is an interesting fruit with a bumpy exterior. Not to be mistaken by it’s name, Osage orange is not related to the orange or citrus family. It belongs to the mulberry family, Moraceae. Osage orange is commonly used for natural … Continue reading

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revamp old to new naturally: linen dress

    This 2-piece linen dress and wrap has been with me since my kids were in high school.  For this project, I used an iron metal spoon to wrap up the garment with eucalyptus leaves.  The iron metal from … Continue reading

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