This is my second time working with Madder. The first time I dyed with this root was in my Level 2 master spinners. I was going to use some locks dyed with madder and blended with some alpaca as my final project. When all was said and done, the alpaca blending mellowed out the red… Continue reading Madder
My fun with natural dyes continues…. I have been on the hunt for a nice green. You would think this would be easy.. apparently not as easy as I thought. If I had more snake weed I would have tried that on my commercial top. Alas, I have none. What I do have though is… Continue reading Canyaigre
While revisiting cota, I decided that idea should do a second dye bath with my cochineal. It is my understanding that you can actually do up to three dye baths with my little sachet of ground bugs. So while waiting for pots to boil I tossed it into a pot to see. The dye bath… Continue reading I may be a wee bit obsessed.
Not being satisfied with the color I decided I needed to try again. This time, I got out my Navajo dye book and looked at the recipes. According to the book you need twice the weight of cota to wool. While I stuffed the pot with the cota the first time, I was dyeing a… Continue reading Cota, revisited.
I don’t usually share too much about my kids. That is not what this blog is about. Yet last night I had a moment… My oldest, who just turned 17 and is nearly grown and flown has started blacksmithing classes. Yesterday was his second session. These sessions are 3 or more hours long. He is… Continue reading Joy…
If it has not become perfectly clear, I am a novice dyer. For a long time I have flirted with the idea of dying. I just had no time and or place for it in my life. With small kids, I did not want any chemicals around them, as they grew so has my curiosity… Continue reading Cochineal.
I must have lost my mind…. Or been distracted. My son convinced me that his close friends from Southern NM needed to come visit the week after Christmas. We negotiated that I would not be driving on my birthday…. which is 2 days post Christmas. So we ventured to the halfway point of Albuquerque on Wednesday… Continue reading New Year’s Madness