Monday, 30 May 2011

Learn your ABC with a Dyer!

B is for......

Books!  I don't know about anyone else, but I can't do without them.  I tend to use them as a resource for trying new techniques, problem solving (there's always an answer somewhere on the bookshelf) and as source of inspiration (often travel, gardening or art books).

I've always got a note book in my bag, as well as a small sketchbook, pen, 2B pencil, rubber, sharpener and very small water colour kit as well as my trusty camera!

Novels are my bedtime reading, not crime, though.  I can happily drift off to sleep mid-paragraph.

How about you?  What's your favourite natural dyeing book?

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Learn your ABC with a Dyer!

A is for Anthurium, that waxy flower grown throughout the world and, in particular, Hawaii.
I first discovered them when I was looking for inspiration for my final project at Bradford College in 2004. The resulting designs and products I’ve woven as a result of the anthurium inspiration have brought me continued recognition.
This little colour palette, that I worked for a yarn I designed for Yarnmaker magazine, features one of my favourite colours.
We could use Red Lac, for the red and the pink and Cutch Waste for the khaki green, what would you use?

Friday, 6 May 2011

Colour Palette of the Month - May!

Last month I picked an image of a building in The Hague that made me think of rugs for my colour palette inspiration.  However, one or two people thought it was a bit dull for a Spring palette.

This month I've picked a beautiful cornflower image.  I snapped the cornflowers in Rochfort sur Mar while I was on the Wednesday morning excursion at ISEND.

 When trying to replicate the dye colours I'd try:

Green - kamala over-dyed with indigo.
Blue/green - myrobalan over-dyed with indigo.
Bottle green - kamala with two dips in indigo.
Bright blue - five minutes in indigo.
Pale blue - one minute in indigo.
Red - a mix of red lac and kamala.

I hope you like it.  Let me know what you think, does it work for you?  What dyes would you use?
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