beautiful shades at our workshop on Saturday 9 Feb, inspired by photos, cards and swatches of yarn, we dyed luscious lengths of silk ready to be wound into warps for weaving into scarves. I will post more pics as they progress!
last weekend I attended a wedding up in Manchester and I took the opportunity to visit a couple of textile mills – first stop was Quarry Bank Mill at Styal – Europe’s largest working water mill and still producing cotton cloth – wonderful clanking […]
elderberry – not all ripe, but a wonderful array of colour
The studio where I have been working is located down a country lane and at the moment the hedgerows are glowing with colour from blackberry, sloe, rosehip and elderberry. Over the past couple of weeks I have been harvesting lots of lovely fruit and after stocking up my larder with jams, cordials and a bottle or two of something to warm us up through winter, decided to have a bit of a play. Out came the inks and paints and I spent a rainy sunday afternoon mark making and thinking about how I can translate the gorgeous colours of the autumn berries into my work…
I will continue working with natural dyes for my next project, but this time focus on red dyes like cochineal and lac, using extracts to try and get really strong colour. I have sourced a variety of extracts and over the coming weeks will be trying to build a palette of colour from the red/blue spectrum. I will also be using natural indigo pigment instead of the woad that I normally use for blue, and hope to get good strong purples and blue-blacks.
I am still thinking about weave structure and am being drawn to honeycomb and waffle, envisaging rich textures in alpaca and silk, softness and warmth as winter comes closer…