It’s been raining, so the cottons I mordanted in December have been hanging in the Ad Hoc Mordanting Station, taking a dip every day in either alum/washing soda or a specific mordant—milk, soy, or yoghurt. (I’ve left the pee mordant by the wayside until I find a recipe telling me how it works, cause when I tried it, I got bupkiss.)
I got bored of dipping them back and forth by about the sixth cycle, so I declared them done. They’ll need to cure for about a month before I try dyeing with them.
They’re really beautiful. The brass/tannin and copper/tannin especially, although they’re not as dark as they appear in the image at top. To recap, there are 3 different cottons, each mordanted in alum/tannin, brass/tannin, copper/tannin, alum/ws/milk, alum/ws/soy, and alum/ws/yoghurt.
About a week before I pulled the cottons in, I pulled in the silk and wool I’ve had hanging out on my porch in jars for a month. I should have waited until the Ad Hoc Mordanting Station was clear, however, because once I got the silk and wool inside and decanted and blotted and the jars washed… I realized I hadn’t anywhere to put the textiles to dry.
So, I built the Adjunct Ad Hoc Mordanting Station in my bedroom. Uh, yeah, those are rocks. And that’s a chicken coop door, btw. Gotta love the salvage yard. I bought three of these years ago, and use them all the time. They’re perfect for temporary, ad hoc use.
Is it just me? Am I weird?