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Plant These Two Dye Plants Now for Beautiful Color Later

To make colors ranging from clear sunshine to ocean blue and all the greens in between, plant Weld (Reseda luteola) and Japanese Indigo (Polygonum… 345 more words

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The Terroir of Color

Color Terroir

I love the surprises of the seasonal and annual natural dye colors. While natural dye color can be generally predictable, variations occur based on many factors. 560 more words

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A comparison.

Sometimes some things just works out better than expected. Here is a comparison between some store bought fabrics and plant dyed yarn. These plant dyes were made during a Battle of Wisby workshop in 2013. 29 more words

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How to Design Your Dye garden

So you’ve considered your dye plants and you’re ready to get started, but where should they go? Here is how to make an artistic and practical “blueprint” for your dye garden. 153 more words

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About plant dye 關於我的植物染

認識我的朋友應該都知道我對有興趣的事物會發揮處女座的強迫症!廢寢忘食也要研究出來,之前在台灣就很想去玩客家藍染,但一直沒有機會接觸,看到蘑菇賣的藍染商品,心想不便宜耶!到底是有多難染呢?後來開始搜尋研究,台灣客家藍染、日本的indigo、印度的indigo,甚至澳洲也有自己的Australia Indigo!才發現真的很搞剛!要經過發酵還有重複上色,才有辦法染出漂亮顏色又堅固的布料,但是對一般人來說ingigo的取得不容易,我老公看我這麼想染,就去買了Australia Indigo來種,當然事情也沒有這麼順利,這種植物長得很慢,不是像雜草一樣隨便長就一堆,所以一直沒辦法實驗,但我想要玩植物染的熱情還是很堅定!

延伸做了很多植物染的研究,發現大自然真的很神奇!能夠用植物或者礦物染出非常多的顏色,古時候的人真的很有智慧,不過開始搜尋後發現,台灣的資訊不多,大概就是藍染跟原住民的薯榔染居多,日本印度跟歐美的植物染資料反而非常豐富!而且方式非常多種,還有很多獨特的技法,像是泥染、鐵煤染、鎚染、蠟染、印染等等,還有運用昆蟲屍體的染法!

一般植物染為了定色會加入明礬粉(alum),但用了明礬的鍋子就不能拿來煮東西,因為會中毒,所以我不用明礬粉(alum)當作媒染劑定色!就因為這樣,染色過程及布料準備作業非常麻煩也花時間,純棉布料因為沒有蛋白質所以本來就很難上色又沒加明礬粉,所以事先布料的精煉處理必須事先用古法榨豆漿、浸泡、陰乾重複數次,放置一段時間讓纖維吸收蛋白質才能再洗滌準備染色,中間除了比例跟隨時要攪拌讓蛋白質吸收均勻外,還要注意不能過熱會整桶壞掉!

再來目前我染的二個顏色,是實驗了很多植物這二種本身定色效果最好的,如果可以我也想要多一點顏色啊~但就是因為不用明礬粉所以大部份的顏色都會褪的很快!目前二個顏色都是用果皮染的方式,除了事先我要吃很多慢慢收集外,染鍋要慢火炖煮一小時加浸泡染材24小時以上把顏色萃取出來,過濾染汁後還要再加熱才能做熱染,因為要留足夠空間讓布展開浸泡上色才會均勻,所以一次都只能染少量的布料,還要再浸泡超過24小時讓布料吸收染汁,陰乾後放置一段時間才能洗滌開始製作商品,就是因為這真的很搞剛,所以我不會每款都開放用植物染的布料來做,因為定價一定會很貴,植物染的特色就是那天然的顏色,還有經過漫長時間得來的層次感,跟一般染料布是不一樣的!如果真的很喜歡的朋友可以詢問討論喔!

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You'll Love This Eco-Dyed Silk Lingerie

It’s almost Valentine’s Day and I’ve been working on some beautiful silk camisoles and slip dresses freshly colored with plant dyes. The dyepots are full of rainwater, which is usually free of additives and ph neutral, making it useful for natural dyes. 290 more words

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Muddling on getting pigment from indigo leafs

During the night all the calciumOH-sediment has sunk to the bottom. I poured the liquid into my second container. This should have some pigment in theory and my quest today is trying to extract it. 806 more words