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Thursday, May 27, 2010

A New Online Fiber Arts Magazine


I just discovered Strand Zine, a new online fiber arts magazine. The first edition Spring is out and it focusses on feltmaking. You can read it at http://www.strandszine.com/

You will find an interview with the Funky Felter, information about the Midwest Felting Symposium, a tutorial and lots more....

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Dyeing with mangosteen skins






Recently the mangosteen season was at it's peak and we enjoyed eating the delicious fruit.

For those who don't know mangosteen, it is a tropical fruit, covered by a thick maroon skin and the white pieces inside, is the part that we eat.

I collected all the skins, knowing that they are very rich in tannin, which is of course interesting for natural dyeing.

I dried some of the skins for future use. We had so many though that I thought I needed to find another way of storage because of lack of space.

I first soaked the skins in a bucket with water. Than I boiled the skins to extract even more colour than in the cold water.

I decided to dye my white nuno felted dress in cotton and wool in this dyebath ( after removing the skins) and brought it to the boil. I did not use any mordant. Here is the result, still a bit pale; I might dye over it again later:

I now have stored the remaining liquid in our freezer and will see how that will be going. I hope one day to find a way to get a beautiful maroon out of this. I have put some mangosteen skins in the freezer and want to try the cold technique with them later.

Monday, May 3, 2010

May Day - Treasury

I can't resist showing this beautiful "May Day" etsy treasury, filled with gorgeous lavender and purple items, chosen by fashiongreentbags.
I am grateful to be included with my butterfly flight shawl.

You can still visit the treasury until Tuesday May 4 2010:

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