It seems to be taking the whole flowering concept to heart, especially as these are only a fraction of the flowers it's producing.
Spring also means better weather for dyeing and other outdoor activities. Tricia and Nola have been doing yet more dyeing with Drimarene-K fibre reactive dyes, using the Four Minute Rapid Dyeing recipe from Batik Oetoro.
This silk scarf was gathered randomly and tied with string before dyeing.
The corners are folded in to make a square, and then the corners are folded back the other way to make another square. The chopstick is put in the middle and the folds are arranged evenly and then tied. Doesn’t it create interesting patterns?
This wool voile was dyed originally with wattle to a pale yellow-beige.
This piece of silk georgette was eco-dyed beige. When the red fibre reactive dye was poured over, the natural dyeing again acted as a resist.
It was tied around tongue depressors, the ends were dipped into yellow and blue, and then green, blue and yellow dyes were poured over the laid-out skein, keeping the dipped ends out of the dye.
So what did we learn from this process? If true variegation is wanted, dipping works better than pouring. Natural dyes seem to act as a resist to fibre reactive dyes. And, unsurprisingly, a moment's thought about colour theory is useful before dyeing with multiple colours.
It was hand painted in layers of transparent paints.
It really glows, doesn’t it?
It looked great! We were all quite excited to see our work on display.