Learning another chapter from Michel Garcia…I’ve been printing using backyard dyes. The printing process requires the application of mordant-liquid to fabric. Then the whole piece is dipped in the natural dye decoction. It’s taken some tries, but I’m making some progress!! On the left is a shibori-fold dyed with dandelion and indigo. And, on the right the fabric was painted and then dyed with marigold and dandelion dyes.
The mordant liquid is a combination of lime, vinegar, alum, guar gum and ferrous sulfate. I’ve been studying the DVD (http://shop.yoshikowada.com/Library/dvd-s). My first stumble was “lime.” I knew it wasn’t a fruit, but a white powder. And, after shopping my local garden store and a box store, I found hydrated lime. I found it’s a matter of timing, as you combine acidic vinegar with “base” lime. And, then add the right amount of gum so, you don’t have a runny mess.
I used two different mordants…one has ferrous sulfate and the other has alum. Then I mixed the two to give the color gradations from gold to green/brown.
Here’s some of the on-the-way efforts. Using the wrong lime. And, not letting the acid and base de-bubble. Not having enough guar gum. Using the wrong alum. Go to Michel’s DVD for the directions. I can show you the early results and tell you all the things that I did incorrectly!!
For the shibori, I’ve been learning from Ana Lisa Hedstrom’s Arashi Shibori (http://shop.yoshikowada.com/Library/dvd-s). The dandelions are newly picked and the marigolds are saved from last summer.
Happy just has to get in the photos. I lined up my banners and she came running right over. Was it the banners? Or the treats? Or she was just glad to see me!!