I’m back. I’m so full of juicy textile hyperness, I don’t know where to start.
Second: I wish I was six people, so each one of me could practice what I learned in my five classes, and the sixth one could blog it.
The overdyeing class was even better than hoped, and I scribbled down some classic Judith wisdom:
“Do you know how unusual this is in the modern world? To make things with your hands? Unusual. You are pre-selected to be opinionated.”
She meant pre-selected, because textile junkies are a small percentage of the general population; an even smaller percentage of that group chooses to come to events like Madrona. “Opinionated” pertains to artistry: we are opinionated about what we like, about what works or does not, about the processes we follow to get to the result we are seeking or are surprised by. A joyous thought.
I’ve spent most of my life looking for the places where and the people with whom I belong. One of those places is in the company of textile artists like Judith, and at events like Madrona. Classes like this give us the opportunity to explore and experiment on a scale that would be untenable solo, while being shepherded by some of the textile community’s most experienced teachers. Judith MacKenzie is one of the most well-beloved of these people.
In this class, I turned this:
The originals are light pink and bronze Dupioni silk. The original colors (at bottom) are quite beautiful, and I won’t likely dye any more of this fabric. I just wanted to cut a swatch and see what would happen.
Even better, I turned this**:
Into THIS. Which freaking KILLED me:
Until I did THIS:
Substrate is 50/50 Yak/silk purchased from Morgaine at Carolina Homespun. (I can’t find it on her website, but if you’re interested in it, give her a call. She had some left at the end of the festival, although there was a run on it after this dyeing class!) I hope to post more on this fiber when I get some spun up. I’ve been spinning the coppery-silver undyed version, and it is succulent. One of my favorite things I’ve ever spun.
So this is the job for the first me that I will clone: Clone, you get to be the dyer. Take the dyekit and all the fibers in the world, and dye your head off.
Dyes used for each sample are too wordy to type out. If you’d like to know more about the dyes used for a sample, leave me a comment and I’ll tell you what I know. I’m a beginning dyer, and Judith did the prep, but I’ll do my best to be helpful.
**You really, really should consider clicking to view the high-res versions of these images. The colors are so much more beautiful and nuanced.