Thursday, 23 April 2015

Unfoldings and a Steaming Pot of Red Cabbage


Sometimes a slow unfolding is required


This be-horned one has lain on my table for over a year, somehow I lost her along the way


But over the past few weeks, I have heard a whispering, though somewhat indistinct at first.


Whispers of a tale unravelling....


I sensed she was a shy one and so I stole away, ears straining hard lest I miss her murmurings and inspired to try dyeing with red cabbage, I filled a pot.


After simmering and steeping in the vat, I poured some of the dye bath into a jar and left fabric overnight, to steep further.


A little dyer's alchemy and the remaining vat turned a beautiful shade of teal (accompanied by a squeal of delight...)


The initial dip in the bicarbonate of soda and red cabbage vat yielded a subtle pale aqua


Then both vats decanted, I waited and prodded and waited....


The first three from the left were from the dye bath with bicarb added and two on the right were from the initial red cabbage only vat.


I love the subtlety and the variety of shades produced from the two dye baths.


 I offer her the bundle and wait...




4 comments:

Rhissanna said...

I love the process and it's poetically described. I wonder which one she'll choose. They can be so stubborn, sometimes...

Ruthie Redden said...

Magical happenings, and beautiful results. Well worth a wait.

Yve said...

I love her little horns...you are so patient, my earthy vegetable dying experiments have always been a disaster so now I just eat the stuff. Really nice subtle results you got :o)

Debbie said...

Lovely results, adding bicarb hadn't thought of that, I mainly use leaves for dyeing will have to see if it works on them as well. Thanks for the link in the last post.