Tag: cotton

Turkey Red Oil method using Madder powdered dye

Cotton samples were dyed with Turkey Red Oil method using Madder powdered dye from Maiwa, in Vancouver. This is a long drawn out process that produces incredible pure Reds! The samples were over dyed with various mordants including iron and

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Beautiful! But will the colour last?

Wash fastness and lightfastness of natural dyes- the two most commonly asked questions asked by interested individuals about my naturally dyed and eco printed fabrics is will the colour last. The main considerations which directly affect the longevity of natural

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Local dye Goldenrod

As it turns out, the local dye Goldenrod (Solidago) in Ontario, has 30 different species! Who would’ve thought? Goldenrod is an invasive, natural plant in this province in Canada, one that is often mistakenly blamed to cause seasonal allergies. The

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Tibetan Panel coat

During my winter trip to Kerala, India, I undertook a challenge from one of my FB groups, which was to make a Tibetan Panel coat. Prior to leaving, I had dyed 3 lengths of up-cycled cotton fabric. I also did

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Dyeing with Lac resin

In the studio, I’m focusing on working with one dye only. In this case, it’s Lac resin. I am changing the colours using tannins and mordants. A pot of Lac dye was made using whole resin form; afterwards I ground

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Cotton fabric dyed with Sappanwood

Cotton fabric dyed with Sappanwood was my new project, after having completed 20 cotton tunics over  seven months. I have decided to spend the next period on dyeing lengths of cotton, linen and quite possibly silk fabrics. The intention is

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Finishing up my naturally dyed tunics

Finishing up my naturally dyed tunics. Only one more to go! I have a favourite, cotton tunic which I bought on my first trip to India. It came from a fair trade shop in Jodhpur, across the street from a

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Sumac, Goldenrod and Walnuts

Late summer and early autumn in my area yields a bounty of plants, such as Sumac, Goldenrod and Walnuts. This plant matter is suitable for natural dyes and tannins (Sumac). My project was the making of cushion covers, with which

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