Archive | December, 2011

Colors from my valley – Parmotrema Austrosinese

31 Dec

Also known as unwhiskered ruffle lichen, here are some color ranges on silk I’ve gotten from my lichen by combining it with acorns, Japanese Indigo, iron, soda ash and ammonia.  Of course not at once!  There is quite a color range available.  I still have walnut and agarita to explore with lichen in color combinations.  Next up, lightfast tests….and more dyeing….what colors can I find in my valley!

Always collect ONLY windfall lichen.  Our Texas winds kick up every once in awhile here in HIll Country and when we have a heavy dew morning I have plenty on the ground to harvest!

In a later post I’ll detail how the colors were combined, but I couldn’t resist sharing since the skeins had dried and were so pretty!  The yarn was sourced from Habu and from Georgia Yarn Company.  They all held up well in the dyepot.


Unwhiskered ruffle lichen


Lichen to Gall to Iron

10 Dec


Left side is water soaked lichen-tan tones. Right side is soda ash soaked lichen-red tones. Middle lichen skeins are simmered in oak galls- still held tan or red tones. Top skeins are iron afterbath, no difference in color. All great neutrals.


Time to sort lichen!

10 Dec


After last week’s rain I was able to pick up plenty of windfall lichen. It’s dry and ready to sort. Ready for the next round of wind & rain!


Taos Earth Palette

9 Dec

Indigo dye pots from top to bottom:
1. Chemical pot with hide glue
2. Fructose with a 24 hour rest
3. Aloe pot
4. Fructose with no rest.

Thanks so much to Diane DeSouza for teaching the class and Taos Wool Festival for sponsoring the Earth Palette Dye conference.


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