Monday, January 04, 2010

Before 9 AM

Another early morning. Today I needed to be up early in order to dye 20 skeins of yarn for the family art workshop happening this weekend at Wave Hill (THIS weekend?? Seems like I have a lot to do and far to go before it arrives). I will be sharing a lot of information about wool, sheep, carding, spinning, dyeing and knitting. Everyone should be able to try everything and then we will use this fabulous plant dyed yarn to finger knit and make a little site-specific installation. Fun for all ages!


Got my indigo pot going - it had been sitting for over a month but it got right back to speed and made some gorgeous colours. How can you not love indigo? That florescent pink colour is actually cochineal mordanted with tin. The yarn sat in the mordant water for a month (I am sensing a theme here) and look what happened! Sometimes a little benign neglect can be good.


I had our kitchen stove on full tilt and our basement stove going. Six colours in all: indigo, cochineal, brazilwood, black walnut, tea, onion skins.


I wanted to get all this done and on the drying rack because I still have a bit to finish before heading for Peterborough tomorrow morning.

3 comments:

island sweet said...

wow! i wasn't even out of bed before 9:00...

Taos Sunflower said...

Very impressive!!! PS Your family must love you a lot to not stage an uprising over the smell of an indigo pot in your kitchen...

Robyn said...

ha ha! I put the indigo in the basement for just that reason...