I just love this Blogland! There are lots of new and creative things that you can discover. I have been dyeing for a few years now. If I include the first time I started dyeing yarn using eucalyptus leaves in 1995, that is almost 20 years of dyeing! I really enjoy stitching with my dyed fabric, but I wish I had more colourful fabric to add to my stash. While cruising Blogland last week I came across India Flint's new book stuff, steep + store . The front cover is splash with colourful dyed fabric. It was self-published by the author at Blurb so you can have a sneak peek at some pages before you buy!
I love what I saw so I put an order in right away. When I came to payment I realized that I can get a second copy with a 20% discount. I always need books for gifts so I didn't only get one copy, but two!
My books haven't arrived, but I can't wait that long to start. NO, of course not. In the weekend I wrapped, rolled, stuffed and steamed using the bottling or canning method.
I only did two jars just to see how they would turn out. In one jar I wrapped red cabbage inside a piece of vintage silk and stuffed the bundle and more red cabbage leaves in the jar, then filled it with water, vinegar and a piece of copper pipe.
In the second jar I used black berries, mulberries, strawberry leaves and shredded onion skins. I added more onion skins in the jar and filled it with water and a rusty cap.
I steamed them for 1.5 hours, then left the jars to cool in the pot. I left them to cool and opened them the next day. I could see how well the silk took to the dyes. The piece on the left was from a second jar with onion skins. The piece on the right was from the first jar with red cabbage, vinegar and copper solution.
The books arrived this morning. I read it right through. I found that I've skipped a couple of steps, but the results I got weren't too bad. Now I have some colourful fabric to add to my stash. What I like about dyeing in a jar is that I can actually dye in my kitchen. It's really a great way for dyers who live in small dwellings or apartments.
This cute muffin tin found me at the antique mall. If you are like me and have lots of knicks and knacks, you would love to have something to display them in. I have been looking for one of these for ages, but didn't want to pay the earth for it.
Until next time