textiles · exploration · misadventure



scale, mordants, dishes of soaking yarn
For me, anticipation is a large part of the fun, whatever the fun is.

This week, I’ve been mordanting my ass off. I’m experimenting, trying new mordants, processes, and materials, and having a ton of fun, both in planning the processes, and in the mordanting itself. Anticipating the dyeing makes me pant and drool a little bit.

White and cream cottons, wools, and silk.

Materials are handspun wool and silk yarn, and wool and cotton yardage from the fabric store. (Yes, I bought something new. Why do you ask? I almost threw in the linen pillowcases I bought at Thrift Town last month.)

Mordants are alum, brass, copper, milk, soy, and yogurt. Yes, I got rid of the urine. Not because it was disgusting or anything—I weirdly liked it—but because it didn’t really produce anything interesting. I’ll happily go back to it, if I can find a specific recipe. Where’s my water glass?

scale, mordants, dishes of soaking yarnThis was my kitchen counter a few days ago. It got worse before it got better.

We’ve got a dye pot, a scale with a pile of alum on it, alum, cream of tartar, a dye-dedicated measuring cup, wool and silk yarn soaking in bowls of water. At right we have a dish of tannin extracted from an acorn windfall I found on a hike in Chico, the food processor that ground the acorns for me, and of course the necessities of life: a kettle, coffee, and half and half.

There is no dyeing without the necessities.

5 thoughts on “Mordant-O-Rama

  1. Lou,
    So enthusiastic are you, even in the cold weather . Is this a hobby or your job ?
    Love your passion for this craft.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Pingback: Steamt | curvylou

  3. Pingback: Ad Hoc | curvylou

  4. Pingback: August December March August Again | curvylou