Here are some of the many Botanical Print experiments from the last few weeks. Stay tuned, there are lots more pictures to post, but I will be leaving to spend time with my Mom who will be celebrating her 92nd Birthday, Sunday, August 16. What a joy for our family - she is a treasure!
Added some "bling" to the purple cochineal dyed scarf by hand stitching some purple sequined netting from my stash along the ends.
For the past several weeks, I have been outdoors every day from morning until dinner experimenting with silk and leaves, except taking a break for lunch. The reason? my darling husband, Peter, painted the ugly plywood floor with light grey porch paint so I love working out there; we also got get another table to accommodate longer scarves and it enables me to work right outside under the overhang Now the shed is so much brighter and all of my supplies, i.e., chemicals, plastic, pots, are easily located and easily put away when I'm finished with them and there is plenty of room inside to work as well as running water.
I've been working on combining eco printing with synthetic dyeing - I like to call it botanical printing and I have been doing all kinds of experimenting along those lines and learned a lot at the same time. I have a journal that I began keeping records in because it is so easy to forget the method, even after a couple of days. Rather than write out a long note and attach it to each piece, I identify each by the date and assign a number and write the notes in the journal, e.g., mordant, fabric, plants, method (simmer/steam) and any other pertinent information. I then label each piece using a small sticky label referencing the date and number which makes it easy to find in the journal and enables me to keep much more comprehensive records.