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Testing raspberry, blueberry and red cabbage

Today I have set up a test using calico (pre-mordanted with alum) in raspberry, blueberry and red cabbage dyes using cold extraction in the presence of (1) vinegar and (2) ammonia.

The berries are frozen, and the red cabbage came straight from the fridge, as I believe after reading India Flint’s book that heat can alter the colouring, whereas extracting dyes from frozen can often produce brighter, more vibrant results.

I put a teaspoon of household ammonia in the alkaline pots (it is really stinky lol), and 2 teaspoons of white vinegar in the acid pots.

I am using tap water so this will also alter outcome as it has not been filtered.

In each glass jar is one small piece of calico and also a small piece of calico bundled with the material and tied with an elastic band.

Hopefully my patience will last for a week and I’ll leave these in the shade to develop.

 

Open weave Thai scarf – great to felt!

Today I woke up bright and early, thanks to a reasonably early night.  The sun was shining and it was a perfect day to make some felt.

Wool and open weave scarf

Wool and open weave scarf

Taking the lavender open weave Thai scarf that I recently hand-dyed, I chose some matching and complimentary colours and got to work on the layout.

The scarf length was a tad shorter than I’d begin with, being 150cm, but I added some wool to make tassles and after playing around with the layout until I was happy, began felting.

I had to work it harder than when I felt onto silk chiffon or tissue silk.  I think because the cotton used for each part of the weave is tightly wound, and therefore harder for the little strands of wool to thread through them.

It’s not the first time I’ve worked on an open weave cotton, and I always like the finished result, despite wondering if it’s going to ‘stick’ together half way through lol.

Layout for cotton open weave scarf

Layout for cotton open weave scarf

There’s a picture of the finished scarf below showing both sides of the scarf and the tassles at each end.

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Nuno scarf on open weave cotton scarf

Nuno scarf on open weave cotton scarf

Raspberry lavender nuno silk scarf

First, the scarf

Silk and pc covered

Silk on bubble wrap, some of the materials to be used and my pc covered up

It’s now 5.36pm and following up on my previous post from about 2pm, here are some photos of my finished nuno silk scarf and a rough ‘tutorial’ for anyone interested in the finer points of making a nuno scarf.

As it’s mother’s day coming up, I wanted to create a scarf with a floral accent.

I used tissue silk which I’d hand dyed a raspberry shade.  The colours of the merino wool included hand dyed raspberry and dark lavender, plus a blend of lime and blue/green to give a variegated leaf colour, plus tiny amounts of lilac and pink.

I also used hand-dyed silk rovings as well as textured wool.

Everything went well and it took about three hours to complete this project.

As usual, I pushed my boundaries, this time seeing how little wool I could lay onto the silk that would give a good effect while leaving the finished scarf as light and delicate as possible.  In the final photo, you can see a closeup of the scarf showing some of the detail and also how see-through it is, with my fingers showing through the material.

This is also the first time I’ve used this specific colour combination and I like the effect.  When laying out the edging along the silk, which prevents fraying and effectively hems the scarf without sewing, I began one end all raspberry and by the time I laid out the wool towards the other end, had gradually changed the colour to the dark lavender.  When I laid out the two end ‘roses’, I also alternated the petal colouring accordingly.

All in all, I’m very happy with this scarf.  I’d love your feedback too.

5:2 Fasting update

On the fasting note (from this morning’s post), I found the afternoon went quickly without feeling starving.  I think being busy helped as well as drinking water, black coffee and roibus tea. I’m looking forward to more soup this evening and if calories allow (I think they do), a small amount of chicken breast as well.  Yum!

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