Monday, November 16, 2015

- Another beginning: Natural dyeing workshop, part 1

The natural dyeing workshop that I attended this past weekend did not disappoint ...

Fabrics dyed by 16 participants in Brazilwood, cochineal and madder (from left to right)

and it will take more than one post to describe it all. For now, I'm waiting on permission from the workshop leader Maura Ambrose to post images of her work.

In the meantime, here are some of my pieces fresh out of the dye pots ...

An indigo dip for "it's only RAIN" stitched last year

Prairie Tea dyed linen shirts dipped in Brazilwood and madder

after triple dipping ...

Double-dipped madder with a final dip in Brazilwood (left)
Double-dipped Brazilwood with a final dip in madder (right)

and not quite dry ...

The back of "it's only RAIN" and an indigo-dyed piece of vintage linen tablecloth
I'm especially excited about the waterline ... more on that later


This panoramic shot includes some other student work along with my first attempt at Shibori ...

My two Shibori pieces are 6th and 7th from the left, followed by a yellow linen scrap dipped in indigo
Note: the indigo vat had gotten pretty tired at the point I dipped the Shibori, which was fine by me

all done with this beautiful view in the distance ...

Texas blackland prairie in Bastrop (site of major wildfires in 2011 and last month)
with a rare bit of sun peeking through (most of the weekend was cloudy unfortunately)

22 comments:

Dana said...

Oh lucky you! What great colors you achieved! It sounds like great fun, and was probably pretty exhausting as well.

Liz Ackert said...

Actually it was incredibly energizing! However, I did wimp out on the post-workshop BBQ so I didn't have to drive home after dark.

Marti said...

Wicked, dipped, rippled, color-ific! delightful dyeing. Glad it was a great workshop Liz.

Liz Ackert said...

And you probably won't be surprised to learn that I sent an order to Dharma Trading this morning ...

Charlotte Pawle said...

Love the dip dyeing.

susan said...

Oh, what a fabulous workshop, Liz! The colors are all gorgeous - I love the Indigo.

handstories said...

You made a rainbow! Absolutely LOVE that shirt!

Liz Ackert said...

Thank you ... I definitely prefer color variation to solids! Glad you came by.

Liz Ackert said...

It was amazing to see such large scale dyeing, but I've decided to try extracts and work on a smaller scale.

Liz Ackert said...

I think the two shirts will be named Sunrise and Sunset

Mo Crow said...

love the indigo dip on "It's only RAIN" but worry about the use of Brazilwood as a natural dye as it is classed as an endangered species

Liz Ackert said...

"it's only RAIN" looks even better now that the excess dye has been rinsed out. Thanks for the heads up about Brazilwood ... I should have realized that!

Kim Henkel said...

beautiful creations - love the line filled with such beautiful pieces. It sounds like a wonder filled workshop.

Liz Ackert said...

Thank you ... I especially enjoyed the mix of ages and interests that everyone brought to the workshop ...

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

ok..so what did you order from Dharma??????? Like Deb Lacativa says: TELL......

and i guess i have gypsies on my mind, but i just just love that second to last pic....a gathering of gypsies....working, sharing, celebrating cloth and color....
and in keeping with this, Please TELL too, about the "mix of ages and interests"

The WICKING, oh the Wicking...just so much Yes and such great pleasure to feast the eyes
and soul upon

Liz Ackert said...

There will be more about the workshop in another post, but in answer to your question about Dharma, I bought a set of natural dye extracts since I don't expect to do large-scale dyeing in the foreseeable future. I've also been playing with a rusty rock that I picked up on the ground as I left the workshop ... it has been part of a stone Shibori experiment for the past two days. That too will be another post!

The workshop was attended by twenty-somethings to retirees, from Portland, Oregon to Washington, DC, plus three Californians and a bunch of Texans (who hailed from points as far away as Las Vegas and North Carolina). There were musicians and designers, knitters and quilters, even a fellow-librarian (literally, a fellow). It was great!

The workshop leader's husband, Chap, fixed two great lunches and the BBQ (which I missed) while watching their 16 month old daughter. And the house was full of textiles and books ... a veritable feast for the eyes, 'tis true!

Saskia van Herwaarden said...

the indigo wicked shirt is my absolute favourite

Liz Ackert said...

Me, too. And it washed up beautifully! I wore it last night to the artists' reception at the Wimberley Community Center. After all, "it's only rain."

ARTISUN said...

Love those Prairie dyed shirts with the multiple dip edges, so lovely!!!

deemallon said...

I love the orange wicked tops!!

Liz Ackert said...

Likewise, I love that this can be read phonetically as "wick-ed" or "wicht"

Liz Ackert said...

Since they weren't pre-mordanted a lot of the color washed out. No worries, though ... a mordanting pass followed by more wicking will be fun!