This past summer I warped the floor loom for a couple of cotton shirts, and a tea towel. The first shirt was woven and cut off the loom in time to take to the mid-June Palouse Fiber Festival in Moscow. A simple, basic cotton slub shirt; sett 16 dpi woven in twill except for the shoulder area which was woven in plain weave. Two shuttles are used on this section where the neck opening is an integral part of the weaving.
The second shirt and towel languished on the loom for the next couple of months before I was inspired to finish weaving them after reading about a natural dye material that produces a light rose.
The recipe I’d read used only water on the dye ingredient. No mordant or fixer. How easy would that be! And I could use my kitchen pot to simmer the material in. For a few weeks the material accumulated in the freezer until it seemed there was enough.
After simmering the dye source for an hour, while soaking the second shirt material in plain water, the material was wrung out and added to the simmering pot.
Where it stayed at a very low simmer for 20 minutes after which it was left to cool down and steep for the next four hours. At this point I was completely guessing how long it should stay in the solution. I wanted as deep of a color as possible, one that wouldn’t wash out.
A dinner plate was placed on top to keep it all submerged.
Finally, the water was poured off, the material soaked a bit in cool water with a glug of vinegar before rinsing it under running water, rolled in a towel and draped over the dish rack to dry.
The finished, dyed cloth waiting for the seams to be sown so it can be worn. Yep, that still needs to happen!
Any guesses what source was used for this color? It’s from the seed (some call them pits) of a food…