Title:Dye sampler
Date:Jun 2012
Original Size: 2.4 x 1.5 m
Notes: The main sections are constructed from a (slightly moth-eaten) blanket, cut up into rectangles and dyed with natural dyes (mostly with alum mordant). I included squares of cotton mordanted with aluminium acetate in some of the dyebaths. On each section I have machine embroidered the name and latin name, and then embroidered/appliquéed a picture of the dyestuff. In some cases I have included hammered or trapped plant material, silk paper, procion dyed fabrics, beads, etc.. These are joined together with inkle braids in natural-dyed aran/double knitting yarns, to make a series of hangings which could be used separately or in combination The inkle braids have basic warp patterns, and some of the yarns are dip-dyed to give an ikat effect. I like the contrast of the detailed embroidery with the basic background. So far I have produced 6 "banners", with four dye samples on each, but there are more dyestuffs that I want to illustrate, so this is ongoing.
Groups: Textile pictures and exhibition entries
Exhibited At: Midlands Textile Forum Thread and Thrum - a textile showcase
Aardvark Books, Brampton Bryan
Midlands Textile Forum Natural Threads
Aardvark Books, Brampton Bryan
Association of Guilds of Weavers Spinners and Dyers 2012 National Exhibition
Weald and Downland Museum near Chichester
Original Artwork: Not available
Prints Available For: £10.0
Cards: £1.0
Postcards: £0.1