Freakish Lemon Slice: Dye-cation 12/8/18 – 12/16/18

 

 

Transcript

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Hello, this is Adrian from the Freakish

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Lemon video podcast. I just posted

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episode 62 and in it I talked about

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doing kind of in-between videos. Um, I

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have off this week- the 10th to the 14th

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from work- so I’m doing a bit of a Dye-

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-Cation. I’m doing some dye experiments

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while I’m home on vacation so I thought

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that would be a kind of sample of the

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type of videos I might be doing in

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between regular episodes. I’m in my craft

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room now. I’m just waiting for my car to

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warm up because I’m gonna take you on a

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little trip to AffordableFfabrics to get

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some fabric to play around with dyeing

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and I’ll talk more about the types of

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things that I’m gonna do later, but I

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figured I’d just shoot a quick little

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intro thing while I’m waiting for my car

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to warm up because it is cold today. The

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current state of the craft room is not

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as much of a mess as it has been, but

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still every surface is covered.

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Every single surface is covered in

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something. That’s how I roll.

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Well, that was a bust.

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Affordable Fabrics is kind of like a Big

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Lots or an Ocean State Job Lot where

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they have basically whatever other

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stores don’t want for fabrics. Sometimes

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you can get some really great stuff in

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there, but I didn’t find any like any

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white cotton and I was looking for

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cotton, linen, stuff like that to play

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around with dyeing, so I’m gonna hop back

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on the highway and Southington is on my

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way home from here, so I’ll go to trusty

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old Jo-ann Fabrics and use some coupons.

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So I’m back from Jo-ann Fabrics and I’m

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going to show you the things that I’m

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going to be dyeing and talk a little bit

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about the dye things that I want to try

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during this week off. So here are the

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materials that I’m currently aiming to

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dye with.

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Are you talking to me, Pen? Oh, you don’t like

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that I turned the phone around. Okay so

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I’ve got some yarn that I want to over

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dye and I do have a cone of yarn that

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will one day be here.

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I asked Gabby to pick out her Audrey base

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and order a cone of it for me and I’ll

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send her the money so that I can play

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with dyeing- just kind of have that wool

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on hand, but I don’t have that yet. So I

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have these four yarns that I want to

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over dye. I have this jar that has some

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cotton yarn, which is from this cone. This

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is the 8/2 Valley Fiber. It’s a cotton

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that you can get at WEBS, but in this jar

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I have these little cotton samples and a

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big bundle of little tiny swatches from-

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of different fiber blends from Dharma

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Trading Company. These I’m going to test

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a method from a Craftsy class for using

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Procyon dyes for plant fibers, but I also

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have this- I mean I have two of these

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cones so anytime I want to dye some

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cotton, I’ve got this cone of cotton. I’m

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gonna wind off a bunch of 25 gram hanks

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of it to play with and then I have these

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fabrics that I picked up at Joanne’s.

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These both- these two are muslin. This is

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natural muslin and a bleached muslin.

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This is a linen which is whiter than it

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looks on the camera. The Sun is kind

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of trying to set so everything’s a

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little bit warm toned right now and then

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this is a linen/rayon blend. At one point

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these will probably also be part of the

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Procyon dye

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experiment but one of the things

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that I want to do this week before we

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really plunge into the absolute depths

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of winter is natural dyeing and Eco

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printing before everything is completely

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dead. I mean I don’t think I’m going to

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have a ton of luck with leaves right now,

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but I want to try with conifer needles

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and winter berries and I have sumac

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trees, bushes, whatever they are in the

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yard and theoretically- I’ve heard that

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their bark and can be used as a dye. Hang

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on, let me switch this camera around. So

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yeah I’ve read that the sumac trees, you

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can use their bark as a dye, not just

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their berries and also their leaves. I’m

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sure some of them have some leaves

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around there that I can pick up and I

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figured I’d go looking in the woods to

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see if there’s any lichens that I can

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use. That kind of stuff, so yeah that

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that’s the goal. Um, so yeah, Eco printing

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I definitely want to do this week and

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like I said I’m going to try some

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natural dyeing. I’m gonna try it with

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those red winter berries because we have

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a whole ton of them that grow around

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where our raspberries are. They like

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trade off with the raspberries, but also

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things like Clementine peels. I’ve heard

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that you can get some light oranges out

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of citrus and I’ve been eating

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clementines like it’s my job, so I’m just

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saving all the peels- turmeric- I’m having

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my parents save onion skins from cooking

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that kind of stuff I don’t know if

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that’ll happen this week. The turmeric

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will but I don’t know if any of those

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others will because I have to actually

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gather the materials, but-

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but yeah so mainly the goal is to at

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least do this yarn over dye these and some

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of the Procyon dye experiments because

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yeah I do have a Craftsy class for the

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Procyon dye.

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I have several tutorials from Dharma and

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linked to Dharma, so I need to get it so

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that they don’t bleed because then I can

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use them for quilts and not have to- you

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know if I give somebody a quilt and I

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have to tell them do not wash this

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because it’ll bleed everywhere, yeah,

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that’s just unrealistic so- oops light’s

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doing a weird thing- so that’s the goal.

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I’m going to- these four fabrics that I

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just bought- I just tripped over a chair-

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these four fabrics that I just bought

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from Joanne’s I’m going to pink the cut

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edges and wash them with- I have this

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Dharma Trading Company, it’s basically a

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synthropol substitute because there

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was a point when synthropol had told

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Dharma that they weren’t going to be

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making that product anymore but they’re

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still making that product so it was all

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for naught, but I’m gonna wash in that

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cuz that’s supposed to strip out any

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chemicals or oils or dirt or anything

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from the actual manufacturing process of

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the fabric so it will be ready to die

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yeah oh there’s one more thing that I’ve

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done to prep for all this dyeing stuff

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for the Eco printing, I’ve read that an

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iron modifier will help get darker

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colors and especially since I’m not

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using like fresh leaves they’re pretty

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dead and stuff I definitely wanted to do

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that and an iron modifier is really easy

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to make. You get some old rusty iron and

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one part vinegar, two parts water, so I’m

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gonna show you that monstrosity. so I

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went down into the basement

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and I got a handful of rusty nails and

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that disgusting bubbling mass- it’s

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labeled mordant, but what I mean is

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modifier but yeah that is iron and vinegar

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and water and the lid’s cracked open cuz

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you can see there’s a lot of gaseousness

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happening so that’s fun. I started

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that on the fourth. This is a jar that I

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grabbed it Savers so I was pretty

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excited when it didn’t have one of those

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seals so I could just kind of leave it

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cracked open like that and yeah you can

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keep making iron modifier with the same

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rusty nails over and over, so I’m told, so

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that handful of rusty nails should last

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me a while. So part of the thing with

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natural dyeing is they have to go get

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some natural materials, so me and Penny

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are going foraging in the woods for

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leaves and sticks and possibly even some

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lichen and mushrooms and see if we can

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make some dye stuff out of that stuff.

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She is super excited about it.

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[Music]

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So here’s the final tally of today’s

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foraging. We have two jars of birchbark. I

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have read that silver birch does produce

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a color. I’ve mostly silver birch a

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couple of white birch in there, but there

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was a lot of fallen birch trees in the

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woods this year so lots of easy bark to

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pull off half rotted logs. We have a

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bunch fungus. I don’t know if these will

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actually result in any colors. Some of

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them looked like mushrooms that I’ve

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seen in dye things before and some of

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them did not, but we’ll see what happens.

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This is a jar of sumac twigs,

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I read that sumac trees, bushes, I don’t

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know what they qualify as- that leaves,

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the red flowers or berries or whatever

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they are, and also bark create colors and

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our sumac is kind of crazy town so I

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just pruned a couple branches back and

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chopped it up into pieces. I’ve got some

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lichens, we’ll see if that’ll do anything.

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Lucky find-

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there was a pine tree out in the middle

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of the woods that is apparently a

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squirrel ancestral home because it was

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nothing but nut shells for a 10-foot

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radius around to that tree so I just

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scooped a bunch of nut shells into a

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plastic bag.

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So mostly acorns, but there’s probably

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some other nut shells in there as well

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so that’s exciting. There’s some winter

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berries again I haven’t read anywhere if

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you can get color pigment out of them

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but we have a ton of them so I figured I

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might as well give it a try and then a

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whole bunch of stuff for eco printing.

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Mostly leaves,

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some evergreen type plants. There’s some

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pine trees. There- some- a lot of this

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stuff was stuff that I either found on

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the ground or in cases like these

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Juniper sprigs I just cut a couple off

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here and there, so yeah that’s the bounty.

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also some sticks for the Eco printing to

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wrap the fabric around before I steam or

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boil, I don’t- haven’t decided which I’m

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gonna do with the Eco printing but that

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is not a bad haul for a day’s foraging. So

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my Dharma trading company package was

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supposed to arrive on Tuesday, but due to

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weather complications in Illinois, it was

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delayed so mostly I’ve been doing prep.

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I’ve been skeining my cotton into 25

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gram bundles. I’ve got eight of them so

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I’ve got about eight natural dyes that I

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want to do. I’ve been cutting up my

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fabric into pieces. These are the fabrics

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that I got a Joanne’s. Each of them are

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cut into- well the muslin are cut into

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fat quarters. The linen and linen blend

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are cut into sort of fat eighths, but not

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really.

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These were fifty four inch fabrics. These

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are the typical forty four inch, so I

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ended up cutting- let’s see at the 18

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inch mark, I cut

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two and then each of those pieces into

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quarters and the phone is ringing, so

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hang on. So one of each of these and a

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cotton skein will go into each of the

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dye baths. I do have some just scrap

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plain colored cottons that I’m going to

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also prep for natural dyeing so that if

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I have any extra just dye stock left in

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the pot I can throw in a couple of these

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just to soak up that extra dye, so I’m

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not wasting it. Back here I have two

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one-yard cuts of the linen and rayon

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blend and a scrap bit of plain white

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cotton that I had um that’s cut

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lengthwise into a yard. These are the

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pieces I’m going to be doing the Eco

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printing on. I’m going to do one with the

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plant stuffs dipped in the iron modifier

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and one where the plant stuffs are just

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wet and then I will soak this in the

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iron modifier and just kind of lay it

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over at the top of the plants and also I

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have this cut of scrap cotton fabric and

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when I prep my iron modifier to use for

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the Eco printing I’m going to take those

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rusty nails out and just kind of tie

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them into this cotton and play around

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with that because I’ve seen folks dye

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with you know rusty nails before so

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figured that would be a cool thing to

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try. So at this point, I am just waiting

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for my box from Dharma to come in so I

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can prep all the things for the natural

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dyeing. It also has my citric acid and a

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couple of basic acid dyes that I’m going

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to use to over dye this wool, so most of

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this is on hold until at some point

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today when that box arrives,

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but I’m gonna clear off the space to get

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ready for when that box arrives and I’m

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gonna look up the ratios I need to get

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this

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Procyon dye sample started because

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that’ll be pretty quick to mix up the

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dye formula and just get that ready to

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batch for 24 hours.

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So my Dharma package came while I was

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working on the Procyon dyes, so now I can

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get things into containers and start

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prepping at my fabric for natural dyeing.

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hooray!

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Oh out-of-focus, hello! It’s been a while

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since I’ve actually talked to you in

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this video. There was- my brother moved

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back home so it’s been more people than

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usual in the house and it’s just been

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hard to get a quiet moment to talk, but

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finishing up the day of first batch of

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actual dyeing. I did four of the natural

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dyes that I had on my list and I’ll go

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through them real quick in a minute. I’m

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on my last last one. It’s late and I’m le tired.

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There’s an Internet throwback for ya. I

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did originally have eight types of

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natural dyes that I wanted to try. I’ve

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done 4 of 8 natural dyes plus the Eco

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printing so one of the reasons why I’m

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not continuing with the other four is

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that I have run out of my iron modifier.

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I underestimated how much modifier would

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be needed to soak in the leaves and

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foraged materials and also in that one

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sheet of cotton to go on the Eco

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printing. I’ve also been kind of

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half-and-half dipping the fabric samples

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and the cotton skeins in the iron

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modifier to see how they do in the dyes

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so that means I’m out. So I need to

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throw the rusty screws back in some

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vinegar and water and let that sit for

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another week so I might do some more

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next weekend. I might wait until after

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the holidays, but we’ll see but I’ve

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gotten started and I kind of know my

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process and I know my way around this

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countertop burner thing that I’ll show

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you in just a second. so this is a

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Cuisinart – and people pronounce

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it differently- it’s one of those words

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it’s a brand name that nobody pronounce

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is the same. It’s just a single

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countertop burner and I’ve learned some

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very important things about this burner

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which is that heating up that amount of

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water or even a third of this pot is

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super easy for it. To fill this pot or to

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fill this black pot that’s under here-

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all my rags are drying- this pot takes a

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very very long time to get it near

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boiling

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so that’s important to know so when

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I dye my wool yarn over dyestuff

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tomorrow, it’ll be a low immersion dyeing

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type thing and I might just put some

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water on to heat up while I’m prepping

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all the stuff but this has been very

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handy. One, because it means I’ve been

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able to just take over my own craft room

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and not get in anybody else’s way- just

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my own craft, as long as I don’t encroach

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on this Christmas tree, it’s just a mess

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on my side of the room and also this was

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cookie making week, so I would not have

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had access to the kitchen yesterday to

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prep the fabric anyway. So what we have

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here are my two Eco printing bundles and

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I’ve just been letting them steam over

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all of the dyeing that I’ve been doing

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just because I don’t have a great way to

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steam bundles this big. They’re 1-yard

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pieces of fabric, so that’s also

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something I’ve learned. If I’m going to

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be doing Eco printing, I need to either

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do smaller fabric or roll it tighter so

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that I can actually fit it into one of

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these things to either steam it in a

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steamer basket or

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just like simmer it in some water

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because really some of these colors are

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just now starting to show up like these

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darker ones like this just now starting

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to show up and it’s- Oh after 9 o’clock

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at night and I’ve been doing this for a

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good chunk of the day probably since

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about 11:00.

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Sorry, I have to rotate them as well

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because this room gets really cold at

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night so like the tops of these are

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pretty cold and they’re propped up on my

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jars of powders and a couple of plastic

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containers. Inside this pot- don’t do that

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it’ll fog up the lens- is a piece of

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cotton that’s wrapped up in all the

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rusty screws that I was making my iron

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modifier out of because I’ve seen some

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really cool iron printing that way. There

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we go, so that’s just cooking up in some

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leftover water from my birch bark dye

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bath which speaking- these are the things

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that I’ve been dyeing with today and

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you’ll have seen them you know example

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clips already, but these are the winter

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berries, the acorns, the sumac twigs, and

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the birch bark. So here is the birch bark

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fiber dye you can see- you can see it

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especially on the cotton skeins where I

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dipped 1/2 in the iron modifier and the

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other half is just as is, but I did that

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with all the pieces of fabric, too. These

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are just wet

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so I’m just letting them sit to just

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kind of chill out for a bit. Let them

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cool. When they’re completely cool, go

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hang them up in the other room with the

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other ones. That’s a mess and back here

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in the land of misfit toys there’s a

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drying rack with a bunch of my mom’s

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socks on them, but the light is not great.

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I should maybe turn on the light- blinded!

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Okay so here is what my fabrics are

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looking like from the winter berries so

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far. I do like the colors that these

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are at the moment. I don’t know if they

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will stay that color once they’re rinsed

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out or anything but frankly the smell of

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the winter berries makes it not worth it.

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They smell like rancid acidy tomatoes

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and when you boil down the dye stock for

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an hour and then dye your fabrics for an

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hour, that’s just not worth it. you can

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get similar yellows out of other things.

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so the lighting in here is not great

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because there is no overhead light. It’s

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just a single lamp that my brother

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brought home. This is his office slash

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our laundry room, so that’s great. Up here

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is the acorns, so this is acorn,

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this is acorn, these two are acorn

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and this one is acorn

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again it’s hard to see the colors in

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here but I’ll go over them again once

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they’re washed and dried and then here

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is the sumac bark, this one and then

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oh it’s hard to see them, this one these

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two in the middle and that one open

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there and nice turned out much lighter

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than I expected. The dye bath for the

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sumac bark was like a dark almost- it was

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darker than a military olive drab. It was

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a pretty dark green but the fabric

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doesn’t appear to be green in any way

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Maybe it’ll have a green tint to it once

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we’re in the daylight, but I was very

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surprised that it was not as green as

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the actual dye bath was. So that’s where

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I’m at with my natural dye adventure

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right now. The things that I still have

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to dye at a later date are the mushrooms,

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the lichen, the turmeric, and the

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Clementine peels that I’ve been

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collecting. At some point I will also do

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onion skins my dad has started

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collecting those for me

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I don’t eat onions so I can’t like aid

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in that thing. I don’t like the texture

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of onions but he has a container in the

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kitchen and he’s saving them for me when

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he uses them so it might be a while but

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that that’s we’re gonna start collecting

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them anyway. Yeah that’s where I’m at.

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I’ve probably got about a half hour left

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on this last one and then I’m just gonna

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dump these two rolls, or three rolls

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really, into that plastic tub over there

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and deal with them in the morning.

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So it’s been about a week since my dye-

510
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-cation and these are the results. These

511
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are the samples with the Procyon dyes,

512
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have a bunch of different natural

513
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fabrics here, and some scrap cotton, and

514
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the technique from the Craftsy class

515
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did work. I did manage to get it so that

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they don’t bleed. I think maybe one of

517
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these little squares bled a little

518
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bit when I ironed it, but it was the

519
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barest little tint on the pressing cloth,

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so I’m gonna consider that a success. I

521
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really do like seeing how the dye

522
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reacted with the different fibers. These

523
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two yarns are the same cotton yarn, but I

524
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did tie knots in this one to kind of

525
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resist dye and I think that’s a pretty

526
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good mock indigo shibori type dye

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experiment and here’s my arrangement of

528
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samples from the natural dyeing. It goes

529
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from the top the unbleached muslin,

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bleached muslin, linen, and then the linen

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rayon and then the cotton yarn. So as you

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can see the samples look a little bit

533
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differently. I dipped each of them as you

534
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saw halfway in an iron modifier. It was a

535
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week old iron modifier, just iron and

536
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water and vinegar. It was kind of a

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spur-of-the-moment idea for this column

538
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of winterberry fabrics so there’s not

539
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really all that much of a difference.

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that’s not really clear, like this one

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there’s no difference between each end.

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This one there’s a slight difference, but

543
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generally not that much of a difference

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at all and this skein of yarn got

545
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tangled in the washer when I threw it in

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to rinse so I didn’t rinse any of the

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others in the washer after that, so you

548
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can’t tell where the iron modifier was

549
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added, but it does have- I don’t

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if you can tell from camera, but it does

551
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have a nice kind of slightly tonal

552
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quality that I don’t think it would have

553
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had before and then this column is the

554
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sumac- I say bark but really it was just

555
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a pot of twigs and you can see it’s a

556
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little bit they’re a little bit more of

557
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a difference between the iron modified

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side and the just sumac and alum side.

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It’s used on all these samples. It’s

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pretty clear on the bleached muslin and

561
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on the linen as they are much whiter

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than the other ones you can definitely

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see it here in all of the samples and

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you can see it here in my yarn sample.

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This is the iron modified side. This is

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the natural just alum and sumac dye

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stock. Here is the acorn column, which has

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again a clearer distinction between the

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iron modified side and the non iron

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modified side and in the yarn in

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particular- I don’t know if it’s the way

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the fibers are soaking up the dye in the

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yarn versus the woven fabric, but the

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yarn is all much brighter than the

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fabric is, so that’ll be really exciting

576
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to try it with wool yarn at some point

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this is all cotton yarn because that’s

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what I had on hand and then here’s the

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birch bark, which is probably my favorite

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of the lot. I wasn’t expecting you know

581
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huge color variants because it is winter

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and there’s not a whole heck of a lot

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out there but the birch really reacted

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well with the iron like that’s a very

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big difference and in all the samples

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there’s a really clear difference the

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iron kind of got out of control on this

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sample

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but like between even here and here, it’s

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a very big difference and I really

591
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like how how kind of warm light brown

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the iron modified section of the yarn is.

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So those are my samples. I wanted to take

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you through a quick little look at my

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new dye sample book. I’m going to if I

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remember to take before and after

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clippings do both natural dye and acid

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dye or Procyon dye samples. I just didn’t

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take samples for the other dyes, but here

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are my natural dye samples. I labeled

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which fabrics they were and separated-

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basically cut along one edge so that

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there is you can see it here this is the

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iron modified side and that’s not and

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then on the back my notes- what I did,

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what I used, when I used it- so that I can

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refer back to all of my samples.

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so for the natural dyes I will likely

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just use the clippings from the dyed

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samples, but in the future I do want to

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do because I do a lot of- I’ve been doing

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a lot of over dyeing, I do want to grab

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befores and afters for acid dyes for

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over dyeing. See this one is the iron dye

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with the screws from my iron modifier

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and this is my sample. I didn’t tie them

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in in any kind of particular order which

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I could have. I just wasn’t feeling that

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patient and I wanted to just kind of

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play, but I do really like- you can

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really see like the the grooves from the

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screws in parts of this, especially where

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the fabric was directly touching the

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screws. So that’s pretty cool and

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something that I will likely play with

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further probably while also dyeing a

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fabric in another color,

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since this just kind of ended up kind of

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a off rust color, but still pretty happy

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with that experiment and then if I get

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my little binder out of the way, here are

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my two Eco printing yards of fabric. This

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is the one where the iron modifier was

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applied to the leaves.

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I think. I’m not entirely sure, but again

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I did wait too late in the season so

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there’s not a ton of actual printing

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printing happening.

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I do have these lovely little blue-black

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speckles I’m not sure if they’re from

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the ferns or if they’re from one of the

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seed pod type things that I put in here,

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but I do really like how those came out

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and I’ll be looking for them again next

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year when I grab some you know leaves

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that actually have some tannins and

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stuff left in them.

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On occasion- I don’t know if I’ll be able

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to find it here on video, but on occasion

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you can see I don’t here’s one you can

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see the faint outline of an oak leaf, so

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the oak leaves definitely held on to

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their- their chemicals that dye things a

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lot longer than the other ones. I don’t

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think any of the other leaves really

656
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left very many impressions, but the oak

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leaves sometimes you can see a little

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bits of them, so that’s good to know

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but I’ll probably play around with eco

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dyeing this again next year or if I find

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another foraged natural dye that I

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really like,

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I’ll just over dye the yard of it and

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then this one I’m pretty sure is the one

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where I used the iron soaked fabric and

666
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lay it over the plant materials just

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because there’s a lot more of the iron

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modified color on this yard of fabric

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and this was pretty well saturated when

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I laid it down. You can see again there’s

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whatever this was see this looks like it

672
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could be the shape of a fern and it

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could have been from the fern or

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something on the fern, but it also could

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have been on one of those grassy

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branches with the seed pods on them but

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either way that’s pretty cool

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and again sometimes you can see the

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faint outline of a leaf or two, but these

680
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leaves were pretty well exhausted

681
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because it is winter and now I know for

682
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next year. Then the last bit of dyeing I

683
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did was some over dyeing. So the first

684
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was this hand-spun. I- it was an orange

685
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hand-spun to begin with. I just wanted to

686
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boost the orange because it was very

687
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faint and kind of getting lost in this

688
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light green so this was primarily yellow

689
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with a little bit of red.

690
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um just because I know red can overpower

691
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the yellow dye, so mostly yellow and then

692
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using the same dye water I did this

693
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skein which was a kind of faint purple. I

694
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wanted to boost it with some red so I

695
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added some red to over dye it and it’s

696
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turning out a lot more red on the screen

697
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than it is in real life. I don’t know if

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that’ll translate to my computer screen

699
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or TV screen properly but- and actually

700
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dyed the cotton ties a little bit too.

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Red’s powerful stuff and then again using

702
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the same dye water- I tried to use the

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same water when I could just to save on

704
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water- this was another hand spun skein

705
00:56:38,690 –> 00:56:40,940
it was a kool aid dye experiment from

706
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many many years ago and one ply went

707
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from green to blue to purple and the other

708
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was the undyed white and so I over dyed

709
00:56:50,210 –> 00:56:52,670
it with a blue and you can see now it’s

710
00:56:52,670 –> 00:56:56,630
a really tonal blue so there’s some

711
00:56:56,630 –> 00:57:01,670
greens and some kind of darker blues in

712
00:57:01,670 –> 00:57:04,430
there you can still see a little bit of

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the barber poling but it pulls it

714
00:57:07,040 –> 00:57:09,770
together and is not quite so contrasting

715
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and then this skein of yarn which I know

716
00:57:13,280 –> 00:57:15,320
I bought at a fiber festival but I’ve

717
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lost the tag and it was just a little

718
00:57:17,900 –> 00:57:20,480
too brown and tan for me, so I did a

719
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green over dye again- mostly yellow-

720
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probably two-thirds yellow, one-third

721
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blue to get this kind of just green wash

722
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over it and this one actually bled the

723
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least when I was rinsing it because I

724
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did let this one come back down to room

725
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temperature overnight in the water it

726
00:57:47,000 –> 00:57:49,880
was dyed in, so that is a contributing

727
00:57:49,880 –> 00:57:52,190
factor. The others I had to rinse a few

728
00:57:52,190 –> 00:57:57,230
times. Orange not so bad because the the

729
00:57:57,230 –> 00:57:59,060
yellow is pretty faint when it doesn’t

730
00:57:59,060 –> 00:58:00,950
stick and I didn’t use very much red, but

731
00:58:00,950 –> 00:58:03,980
the red I had to rinse three or four

732
00:58:03,980 –> 00:58:07,010
times, and the blue in at least two. I do

733
00:58:07,010 –> 00:58:08,079
have it written down somewhere,

734
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but again these are really- blues and

735
00:58:11,469 –> 00:58:14,670
reds are really strong strong dyes, so

736
00:58:14,670 –> 00:58:21,700
sometimes they just have a problem- kind

737
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of get getting the ratio right so they

738
00:58:24,789 –> 00:58:28,930
don’t bleed is a bit tricky. So there- let

739
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me go this binder out of my way- so there

740
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is the conclusion of the Dye-Cation. You

741
00:58:42,160 –> 00:58:44,019
can see I didn’t end up dyeing with all

742
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the materials that I have. I will- I ran

743
00:58:47,079 –> 00:58:50,489
out of iron modifier and also time ,so

744
00:58:50,489 –> 00:58:54,039
the iron modifier is batching up. It’s

745
00:58:54,039 –> 00:58:56,049
been about a week, so I’m gonna give it

746
00:58:56,049 –> 00:58:58,569
another week and I’ve got material

747
00:58:58,569 –> 00:59:01,539
soaking in water so that I can simmer

748
00:59:01,539 –> 00:59:04,329
them down to dye stock and we’ll see

749
00:59:04,329 –> 00:59:08,769
what else I can play with in the coming

750
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weeks but overall very pleased with the

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results.

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