Thank you for all your comments to the previous post and I apologize for such a late post! I have enjoyed reading and been thinking about your words as the days passed and I immersed myself into printing and dyeing. I have found that the more time I spend doing my own thing the clearer it becomes to me what I want to do next/what excites me/I like/I am drawn to. And the more I focus on that the happier I feel. And, surprisingly, I can appreciate other’s work even more & better.
Nancy, as you mentioned, I too would tend to be quite deliberate. The older I get the more time I spend just thinking about what I am going to do rather then doing. But it’s usually those less planned pieces I love the most. So I hope to deliberately cut back on thinking time and make more room for just playing. It’s then when we discover. You plan one thing, another happens. We notice – what we like, what we don’t; it helps us to move from one place to another, helps with direction.
Today I want to share a little experiment I did the other day. My colleague does flower arrangements mostly for weddings so I get a lot of rose leaves on a regular basis. They contain tannins and I thought I could try to dye with them. The leaves and some stalks were chopped and cooked for about an hour then left in the pot overnight.
Next day I heated the bath and mixed in a small tsp of iron, rusty water could be used but I have none at the moment. In went various fibres, simmered for about 40 min and left overnight. Here are the colours.
The background cloth is very fine linen, it’s steel grey. So is the viscose jersey and viscose tops – bottom left. Silk habotai and dupion on the top left are deeper mid grey. Wool fabric middle top and merino fibre bottom right are khaki grey. The green in the centre is wool fabric and a puzzle, I don’t know why green, was it somehow treated in the production? 100 % wool yarn top right is the darkest, almost black (black brown, like the soil).
I think the colours would have been darker had I removed the leaves from the pot and the leaves had more room.