Seven Women Dying


We wanted to a bit different activity for our weekly get together for fibre friends from Juan De Fuca Art aand Crafts Guild.

So we asked Monike Hawk-Frost  to demonstrated dying.

We used mainly Indigo and Onion kind.

First the fibres, ( we used wool, alpaca, and cotton) had to be pre soaked

With the onion skins, it was interesting how the colour and process time could be changed by adding moduns. Alum makes the colour “stick” to the fibre.

We added tums to counteract soft water, and alum a the catalyst.

The indigo was several chemicals to make it active. In the vat, it appeared a muddy brown colour, but when subjected to air, the chemical reaction makes it turns blue.

The more times you dip the fibre, the stronger the colour is.

Dipping once in Indigo then in Onion skins, would make  greens.

It was very uninformative and fun way to spend the afternoon.

During the day,I was able to show off two of my needle felted Figures

Ring bear-erSnow Owl 8 inches tallCaterpillar on a mushroom, from Alice in the Looking GlassHawk


About Lea Wisdom

I am a fairly happy college educated, widow. A mother of two dependent dogs and successfully raised 6 children to adults I am a science and history loving nerd by nature, print junkie, yarn hording, spinning, weaving,coffee drinking, hand and machine knitting student of life. I make my living from Income Tax Preparations, and the sale of fibre produced goods. Knitting Dryer balls, felting, and yarn. I work with sheep and alpaca fibres and I am constantly learning. I feel like a sponge. There are so many interesting things to learn and do. I hope I have enough time to try them all. I am fortunate that my sons encourage me to try everything that peeks my interest. I have friends who help me learn. Thank you . All of you. Not a complicated person. What you see is what you get. I love the Lord, my family, my country and my friends. I believe we all have the right to dignity. And we only have one trip through life.Let's make the most of it.

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