Sunday, June 28, 2015

- Hearts for Charleston dye results, part 1

These are four of the denim and linen cloths that I put in the dye pot two days ago for Dee Mallon's Hearts for Charleston, showing a-sides and turned over b-sides ...


And here are the remaining five, with the darker indigo cloths to the right showing far less evidence of marking ...


I ironed them in hopes of setting the marks from the Thimble flowers (Ratibida columnifera) and Friendship sage (Salvia amistad ... named "amistad" for "friendship" but also the name of a ship that was the scene of a slave mutiny). Then put them into a hot cycle in the washing machine to tame the allergens that have my tongue tingling in a most unpleasant way. It's possible that some of the marks will fade, so I wanted to document them here before proceeding.

It's interesting to note that the deep blues pulled from past dye trials turned out more purple this time around, making me wonder what role the original indigo in the cloth might have played. Although it may be as simple as the indigo blue cloth masking the blue dye, leaving the purple component more apparent.

With Dana's multiple dye trials in mind, once the cloths are washed I will consider which (if any) call for another round of dyeing ... perhaps with windfall lichen next time.

10 comments:

Dana said...

Beautiful results, Liz! The purple markings are going to add a lot of depth to your block. I can't wait to see it.

Mo Crow said...

leaning into the blue

Liz Ackert said...

I am going to add stitch to the cloths before tearing them into strips ... really looking forward to letting go of expectations and letting things happen

Liz Ackert said...

Blue is not usually my color, but I'm very happy working with it here. The cloths came through the wash well and the thimble flowers have put out more petals ... so I'm looking forward to another dye run tomorrow to deepen the color and markings

yvette said...

it lets you feel so rich...the dyeing...isn't it Liz...

Liz Ackert said...

I love dyeing, yes

deemallon said...

I love the spidery markings... I know if it were me, it would be hard to cover some of them in the weaving under process! Can't wait to see.

deemallon said...

PS In whatever writing accompanies the quilt to Charleston, it would be interesting to include the fact that one of the plants used to dye some of your cloth was named, in part, for The Amistad -- don't you think? Some of my indigo-dyed cloth was produced on Rebellion Farm, outside of Charleston, so named because it is near (or is actually) some of the land the Stono rebels crossed in their insurrection in 1739.

PPS I made a category for HeartsforCharleston quilt like you recommended, so the posts will be easy to find.

Liz Ackert said...

I know what you mean ... but in a way, the covering over of marks is metaphorical in that we can never know people in their entirety, especially after they are lost to this world.

Liz Ackert said...

I absolutely agree that a statement of some sort should accompany each square ... aand thank you for the link on your blog, which I've already used!