Friday, 18 November 2011

Scotland - adventures in Dyeing with Lichen

 We went up to stay in Scotland, to stay with friends. The journey was beautiful lots of mist. I love it when things emerge from gloom. The mountains were spectacular loved the lines in this shot with the turbine and the lines where the trees have been removed, not so much the pylon. We stayed near Aviemore and while we were there struggling with the beast to make the cottage warm we thought we'd play with the local lichen and see what happend.............
the kitchen in the cottage and 'the beast'

Down the hill from the cottage towards the osprey nest
same photo two minues later!

Great colours

We went to collect lots of lichen

All the lichen in the pan threw in the pan we had no
ammonia at the tme but thought it was worth a go anyway

Simmered it for an hour or two threw  bit of pre flet in and some muslin
Unfortunately we didn't identify this mushroom before we did  this but knew it wasn't anything deadly
We did a bit of shibori tying and threw some prefelt and a bit of
cotton muslin in and then simmered for a couple of hours

Bracket fungus - just not worth the bother!
 But you never know until you try!

The results! Mushroom and milk mordant shibori prefelt

onion skin shiboried wth copper penny resits and vinegar
simmered for about 2 hours

Cherry leaf and onion skin not really worked 

Bracket fungus - no

Bull dog clips randomly done vinegar and onion skins

Shibori Mushroom with bull dog clips  - think it had a bit of amonia in there too

Lichen sewn in a circle to for ma little bag soaked in amonia solution then steamed over onion skins

Onion skins bull dog clips and vinegar simmered with the lichen above

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