Tag Archives: silk scarf

yellow and green shibori

This is the concluding post of my dye experiment using tansy flowers. See my previous posts: “yellow from my dye pot, and mordant testing on tansy dye bath.”  For this part of the experiment,  I started with two silk scarves that were … Continue reading

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natural dyeing, lac

Laccifer or Kerria Lacca or Lac is a parasitic scale bug that feeds on the sap of certain tropical trees and secretes a sticky resin. The resin-like secretion hardens when exposed to air; it forms a protective crust around the insect as it dines on … Continue reading

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hybrid eco printing

Eco printing or contact marking is the process of developing a print on cloth and other surfaces by using pigments derived from plants, roots, minerals and other natural materials. In this twist of printing, synthetically dyed fabric was layered with plant … Continue reading

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twelve shades of colors

A compilation of past and recent posts in different shades and colors as a countdown to Christmas day. Each picture is linked to its original post on this blog (mouse over and click). Hope you enjoy reading it as much … Continue reading

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natural dyeing, annato

This post is inspired by a culinary spice. Annato seeds, or achiote is indigenous to Latin and South America. It is used both as a culinary spice and as a dyestuff. The fruit is covered with thick spiky hairs and inside the fruit are … Continue reading

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combos colors in purple and yellow

Turmeric (circuma longa), is a rhizome and it belongs to the ginger family. The root is use as a culinary spice to flavor curries, preserve foods, and as a medicinal herb. It is believed that the roots, has an anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidant … Continue reading

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save those onion skins

The weather this past week has been unbearably hot. I can barely stand to go out in the garden it is so hot. Even our chickens were taking shelter under the pomegranate tree to keep cool. I wish it would cool off soon, … Continue reading

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purple eco print using Agonis

I found this tree in the parking lot of a restaurant where we had eaten dinner. It is a small tree with dark burgundy foliage consisting of narrow, willowy leaves. I am curious to find out if the dark colored leaves prints a deep violet color. I cut a branch home … Continue reading

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rose prints on madder

Madder root is one of the oldest dye plant cultivated and used in Europe and the Middle East for thousands of years. Cloth dyed in madder was found in ancient Egyptian mummy wrappings; in the tomb of King Tutankhamun, and was used for … Continue reading

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carpe diem

Ooh, my pot’s boiling and steaming away bundles with pretty leaves tied up with strings–which remind of the song, “These are the few of my favorite things, by Julie Andrews. Summer is indeed a dyer’s dream, as the season gets warmer and … Continue reading

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