To add to this excitement on 4th and 5th October I am going to an embroidery workshop in the beautiful city of Bath with mother and daughter team Leslie Turpin Delport and Nikki Delport Wepener . It's being held at the workshop of Lynne Roche. This should stop me worrying about studying for a couple of days! I will take my camera along. I've no WIPs at all at the moment, although I'm just about to design another baby sampler for the next impending arrival in the family, and I am making mini Christmas cakes.Never let it be said I don't like a bit of variety in life!
Now ages ago I promised a tutorial, and it's yonks since I did one. I enjoy hand dyeing threads , but don't have a lot of room, and I'm not fond of using chemical dyes. Being a lover of anything 'green' this method is one I hope will be of use to dollmakers, embroiderers and mixed media lovers: dyeing protein fibres in the microwave with food colouring*. Fun, economical, a bit random but (relatively) environmentally friendly!
You will need:
- *liquid or paste food colouring, I just used cheapie stuff from the supermarket( I hear Kool Aid is brilliant for this, but I couldn't get hold of any!)
- white distilled vinegar
- a large microwaveable bowl
- protein fibres
- old towel
- kitchen roll
- plastic pipette or an old paint brush for adding colour is handy
Your fibre must be animal protein based - that is to say silk, fleece or pure wool, cotton or linen won't work, you'll need to use another method.
Health and Safety note! Do please make sure that you protect yourself from the heat and use oven gloves as the bowl/fibres can get very hot - as I can verify!
When all the colouring has been taken up the remaining liquid will be clear. Just like magic!
Allow the fibres to cool, drain the liquid and then rinse them really well in cold water. If you are using curly fleece use your hand to protect it so that it keeps it's shape.
Sorry for any typos etc but Blogger spellcheck tells me it's having a day off today!x