Category Archives: Dyeing and Printing

Dyeing silk

Silk doesn’t dye like cotton. I forgot that.  In the past I have used silk paints, occasionally used procion dye, but yesterday I got out a handful of pre hemmed silk scarves and dyed then using acid dyes. I don’t … Continue reading

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Fabric of India

We went to see the Fabric of India exhibition at the V&A yesterday.  It was a lovely day out and if you the follow the link, you will see pictures of some of the exhibits (no photography allowed).  The fabrics and … Continue reading

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Excellent advice about dyeing with chemicals

I was recently led to this blog post which included excellent information and advice about the chemicals we use in the natural dyeing process.  I highly recommend reading it.  

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been boiling books

Everyone is doing it.  Boiling books. I gathered some leaves, bunged them into a concertina book, (I used 140lb watercolour paper with high cotton content), clamped it between two ceramic tiles and popped it into a pan of boiling water with … Continue reading

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collagraph printing second go

This is the Fome manual lino/woodcut press.  A very nice friend loaned this to me to try. I used the same print plates as in the last blog post.   The difference is the way I inked the plate and of … Continue reading

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Feeling blue

Growing a tumour takes it out of you energy wise, having it removed takes even more.  Four weeks out and I am still tired and droopy, an infection hasn’t helped, but I was so bored too!!  In an act of … Continue reading

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Collagraph printing

I remember getting excited about collagraph printing a couple of years ago, bought a mangle to enable me to make prints.  The mangle needed working on, himself didn’t get around to it, so a friend had her husband work on … Continue reading

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quiet

I haven’t blogged for ages, been feeling blurrrrh.  But I have been doing stuff so I thought I would just show you some pictures                 

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fun day dyeing

Friends came round for a playday last week, I was so busy mixing dye and chatting and making lunch I didn’t have time to dye any fabric.  But I sneaked off for an hour yesterday to use up some of … Continue reading

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sunshine on a rainy day

April showers in May.  Pounding rain followed by bright sunshine.  I made a cheer us up sunflower and because the recipient loves French Knots, I added one or two 🙂 The fabric was hand dyed, by me.  The thread was … Continue reading

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