1.31.2011

creative organizing

i started a natural dye sample book to keep track of what i've done so far. when i was working on my kasuri piece i added those yarns to it right after i was done; mostly the tiny remnants which were left after weaving. then, today, while waiting for the mistletoe to simmer, i decided to add cuts of the material i had dyed last year. it's filling up nicely, and i realize that pinks, oranges, yellows, and greens are the only colors i've made as of yet. i need to do some dyeing with purples, greys, and blues.

while i was at it, i made some cuttings to do a lightfastness test. they looked really pretty in the window. i hope they don't fade, or only slightly. i think a part of me likes to remain in denial of the dyes fading, so i didn't do any testing till now. which is a bad way to go about creating things; knowledge gained is never such a horrid thing.

7 comments:

moetjatja said...

I love the colors, I love your weave projects. It is stunning!
Weaving is high on my list of "things I want to learn", meanwhile I'll keep enjoying watching what you've made. liefs Hinke

anastasia said...

thank you! weaving is very enjoyable; there's so much you can do with the fabric when it comes off the loom.

Erica said...

Beautiful colors! I cannot wait to see what you make!

moetjatja said...

what kind of things do you make of it? The pink one of a previous post with the open structure, that one is beautiful!

anastasia said...

thanks!

so far, i've made the non-cutting things like shawls, scarves, towels, wall hangings. the other option is to cut it and use like any other fabric, i've made a cushion out of one woven piece.

the pink one is a wall piece, and definitely no scissors are getting close to it.

Kite said...

They are really really lovely colours that go gorgeously together!

What was the outcome of the lightfastness test, can I ask?

anastasia said...

the pinks didn't fade too badly, just mellowed out. but the oranges and greens faded to dull beigy colors. i did leave them in an eastern facing window for three months though. i've seen regular dyes fade just as quickly. just goes that you should protect your fibers and rotate your curtains and pillows, and change the placement of your upholstered furniture every so often.