Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Blues, browns and rust

Last weekend I spent a lovely three days teaching a group of students at a Nottingham based Area Day for The Quilters' Guild. They opted to take my Sand, Sea, Stitch workshop and appeared to thoroughly enjoy dyeing lots of different fabrics in an indigo vat and large pots of potassium permanganate.
Here a partially dipped fabric changes from the vivid magenta colour of the potassium permanganate solution to a spicy brown. Cotton fabrics will fade to a soft, warm brown once they are washed and dried where as dipped silk remains a beautiful espresso brown.
You will be relieved to know that neither of these pans are used in food preparation!
This is the result of a fabric which had first been dipped in potassium permanganate and then tightly  wrapped around a pole before being partially immersed in the indigo vat.
This is a concertina folded fabric which had been wrapped tightly with a thick thread to create this lovely resist.
Hilary liked the idea of dunking her little sketchbook first into the potassium permanganate and then into the indigo. I really like the resulting framed pages.
Everyone enjoyed the dyeing process so much that Liz was the only person to actually produce a stitched piece with her fabrics and what a great result.
There were also some lovely rusted fabrics produced with the aid of vinegar and tea. Its always fun to see what rusty items appear for this activity. This chunky chain worked very well.
As did this key.
I'm sure there will be some exciting pieces of work produced with the bags full of fabric that were dyed on the course. I think my samples are still sitting in the garage waiting to be rinsed!
There hasn't been much time for stitching this week so far but I will hopefully do some catching up tomorrow and will post what I have been up to soon.

Thanks for reading.


  1. This looks great fun Edwina! coincidentally I've been trying to find some potassium permanganate - any suggestions??

    1. It certainly was! I buy mine from the local garden centre where they keep Koi carp. It is used as an anti fungus solution I think. Hope you find some so that you can experiment.

  2. Lovely page edges in the sketchbook - what sort of paper is it?

    1. This was a little Pink Pig sketchbook with normal paper I think. It's a great way to introduce colour to sketchbook pages.