Sunday, June 16, 2013

Fugitive color

Sprang continues, but I wasn't pleased with the first piece and will start a second one this week.

Here I am (on the left) stirring lichen dye into a pot. Well I think it is lichen dye: I fermented three types of lichen from the cherry trees in my yard in ammonia and water for several weeks. The result was a dark purple-brown liquid. I tried soaking white wool in it for several days with no result: white wool. At the Weavers & Spinners Guild annual dye day, I tried heating it, but again the wool was white. I also tried some bamboo fiber; that didn't work either. I have a small amount left, and I'm going to do some more research to find out if there is some way I can make the fiber take up the color.

But I did get my picture in the paper! The Kitsap Sun, June 14, 2013.

Suzanne Griffith dumps her jar of homemade fermented lichen dye into the pot. Watching are Sally Loree, Jo Story, Janet Larson, Hildegard Stone and Dolores Still, all members of the Kitsap Spinners and Weavers Guild members

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