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South Bedfordshire Revisited
Looking back at my previous work has finally inspired me to focus on more of my local views. Here is just a small taster – currently I am creating an new version of Dunstable Priory Church:
Eco Dyeing Heaven
Spent a fantastic morning with Jenny Leslie improving my Eco Dyeing techniques. Jenny was extremely helpful and had lots of advice (some of it direct from her course with India Flint – sooo jealous).
The anticipation during unwrapping is great!
Anyway here are the initial results – not yet washed out so hope they don’t fade too much – very happy with them, although may need to re-dye to turquoise scarf for more contrast/colour.
Work in Progress for Luton Hoo Walled Garden
HVA Summer Show at Harpenden Public Halls
Harris Tweed – Weaving a Way of Life in the Outer Hebrides
Another lovely film from the Harris Tweed Authority including the very helpful and approachable Norman MacKenzie, who I met on my visit to the islands last year (and definitely does have an accent!).
Shirbori Dyeing – Itajime
Itajime uses clamps to form a resist – I used pegs and bulldog type clips but you can also use string; flat pieces of plastic or found objects.
This piece has less colour as only a small portion remained on the surface and in direct contact with the dye.
Shibori Dyeing – Folding Resists
When folding it is important to expose as many edges to the dye as possible – so don’t fold the sections back on themselves, enclosing sections in the centre of the bundle. Instead use a concertina method, pleating each section on top of the other so that the edges remain exposed.
Getting some lovely patterns and I really enjoy the fact that I do not have complete control and so there are lots of surprises and no two designs are the same.
These are dyed with Brazilwood or Onion skins.
Shibori Folding and Dyeing – Karamatsu and Arashi
Karamatsu – is a circular design created by using stitch as a resist. I also used stitch to create concertina folds and a leaf pattern. As you can see my skill with this technique still needs some work. However, happy accidents can still produce interesting patterns. This piece was dyed with blackberries.
Arashi or pole wrapping involves wrapping the fabric around a stick, bottle or similar object, using elastic bands to hold in place and squashing the ends together to create tight pleats. Sometimes this can result in undyed areas but in this case I have achieved different intensities of dye, depending on how near the surface/close contact with the dye the fabric lay. Blueberries were used in this dye bath.
Video – The Fashionable Rise of Harris Tweed
Surely everyone loves Harris Tweed?