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1  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: New wet felt on: June 30, 2007 09:02:00 AM
Cutch is a brown dye that comes fromthe bark of the cutch tree.  I've  heard that its a weed and is a problem in australia.  It dyes silk and cellulose fibres really well, i have a hard time getting dark shades in wool though.

I feel guilty about using cochineal sometimes beacuse its pregnant beatels, but they are parasidic so it makes me feel a bit better.  and I do think you get the most beautiful red in the world from it. Undecided
2  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Re: Indigo on: June 30, 2007 08:45:20 AM
Well theres nothing terrifying about dying with indigo, its reallly exciting!! (just becareful if you are using lye because it will burn you skin)
I order my indigo from a company called maiwa.  Dying with it requires quite a bit of time and some fairly exact measurements.  The dye comes as a blue powder and when you mix it with water, lye and thiox the solution turns a greenish yellow.  This is because the thiox takes the oxygen out of the water.  this has to happen for the dye to work.  you add this solution to a big bucket of water, which also has thiox in it.  You dye your fibre by dipping it, you need to wait about 20- 30 minutes between dips.  The fibre won't get darker by leaving it in the dye, it needs to come out and get some oxygen.  This is the best part of dying with indigo, when it comes out of the vat its green and then you get to watch it turn the most beautiful blue!!!!
3  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: New wet felt on: June 29, 2007 04:28:52 AM
Its a project I did for school where we had to make a seat of honour.  The nuno felted parts are curtain like thinks that go over the legs of the stool.  I got the colour from a mix of cochineal and cutch.
4  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Indigo on: June 23, 2007 01:37:34 PM
Oh man, I love dying with indigo.  Its like magic.
5  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / New wet felt on: June 23, 2007 12:43:57 PM
Heres some stuff I've recently made.  
Everything is dyed with natual dyes except the black wool.

And these are projects from school

Heres some more pics of scarves

6  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Moss princess dress on: December 30, 2006 12:59:08 PM
I would but underneath it's held together with safetypins and really bad stiching.
7  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / moss princess poncho on: December 23, 2006 07:36:09 AM
I made this for a project for school, it's all hand dyed.

8  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Moss princess dress on: December 23, 2006 07:32:56 AM
This dress was suposed to be a jacket but went horribly wrong becauce of lack of time and wool, so I turned it into a dress.

9  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: what do you do while you're felting? on: November 29, 2006 06:01:24 PM
Yeah they're awsome.  I saw Xavier in pei this summer, it was amazing!  Best performance I've ever seen!
10  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: what do you do while you're felting? on: November 29, 2006 01:57:41 PM
I listen to Xavier rudd, slowcoaster and Joanna newsom when I'm felting because those are the cds i have at school where i do all my felting.  I like to have smoke before too.
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