The design concept for April TIF challenge is CHANGE. I have been thinking about it throughout the month… and since I find it almost impossible to grasp I have concentrated on a change which has been occupying my mind recently and that is: feltmaking and natural dyeing. The fact that from such a fine fibre like wool I can make fabric in couple of hours amazes and excites me. Look at this change:
At the beginning I had: merino wool, nylon fibre, cabbage, alum and washing soda…and my hands…
… and the result is this scarf….
… and here is the process:
White scarf made from merino and embellished with nylon fibre. I like the subtle sheen of the nylon very much. I am more than happy with the change so far. But tempted at the same time. Why not to change the colour as well??? And why not to use natural dyes instead of chemical ones… just for a change? (I have never dyed with natural dyes so far so don’t take it too far, the cabbage could work according to the book.)
Cabbage boiled and left over the night, then scarf immersed in the dyebath. The changed colour looks soo promising!
The colour after the whole process of dyeing. I am not happy with the change at all! Imagine grey grey sky – that’s the scarf! I see plenty of this colour when I look out of the window. Let’s change it: the book says that washing soda shifts colours towards blue and green, vinegar towards red. OK, let’s choose washing soda.
… the change is pleasing. Here is one picture missing for a reason I don’t remember, it was probably too dark plus I really have difficulties to make a proper picture of green objects. Does anybody know why?
So the result of diping the scarf into washing soda was lichen green. But when my husband’s imediate reaction was: Yee, it looks like my army scarf! which isn’t what I hoped for, I made another change: used petrol silk paint to brake the even lichen green.
I hoped for bluish colour at the beginning, I ended up with the green. That’s how it is with changes often. Everything is subject to change, sometimes we welcome changes, sometimes we don’t , sometimes we wish for changes to happen and they don’t or their result is different from what we wished.