It’s basically a pretty simple process – mix up some dye in bowls, dump in the fibre or trickle the dye over it, put the fibres in a plastic bag (or in the case of the trickled ones, roll it up in the plastic wrap it was sitting on) and leave it on the grass in the sun until the dye is absorbed. Rinse out later.
Here are the dyers at work:
She says, “I really wanted to try out some colours I hadn’t used before.” In a little more detail, we have:
Silk cap – this one had mustard dripped on it and then crystals of sky blue
Silk cap – dyed with bloodwood
Tussah silk dyed with watermelon
Other Tussah silkBeverley dyed some cocoons and rods…
Here’s Prue, busy dyeing, but we don’t have photos of her pieces yet.