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Box of Silk “Chocolate”

Since April I have been nature dyeing spun silk and silk cord for a friend for her artwork.  Here is a photo of what was sent her way last week.  This colour palette was derived from pomegranate, cutch, quebracho, gallnut, symplocos, myrobalan, indigo, mock orange leaves, french lilac leaves and flowers, woodland violet flowers and leaves, deep majestic purple coloured gladiola flowers, pink echinachea, pink yarrow, lavender, dyers coreopsis and red dahlia.  To me this box of silk embroidery thread is more like a box of chocolates…..cause they are all just so yummy.

I love nature dyed silk.  The colours are so rich.

I love nature dyed silk. The colours are so rich.

Later this summer, I will work on a range of purples and reds with logwood, lac and cochineal.  Can hardly wait!

Who knew?????

Mokume pattern. Dyed, pressed and ready for the table.

I have started making my Christmas gifts.  Here is the fruit of Thursday’s labour.  This napkin was dyed in a 1 gallon indigo vat.

Pre-soaked fabric ready for the indigo vat.

Pre-soaked fabric ready for the indigo vat.

It’s all coming together……..I used a henna vat recipe learned from Michel Garcia at his “Indigo, The Organic Vat” workshop offered through Maiwa back in 2013.   The Mokume pattern one of my favorite Shibori techniques.  I was introduced to Shibori at Bryan Whitehead’s amazing Japanese Textile Workshop in 2014.  Funny, when I signed on for Bryan’s workshop I thought I was not a surface design person, that the only things I would really enjoy were indigo dyeing and silk reeling.  Who knew?  I am so thankful to both of these gentlemen for their generosity of spirit and their constant sharing of their knowledge, discoveries and passions.

Well that’s one napkin down, three more to go.  Enjoy!

PS  you can find Michel’s recipe on Maiwa’s website.