Saturday, November 10, 2012

A Rather 'Spicy' Scarf!

The telltale color of turmeric dyeing...



...is one that I like very much! 
 
You can see how the red wool...



...has migrated through the fabric to the 'silk side'! 


Nuno felting makes for lots of lovely ruching
 
Here's a view of the 'wool side' of the scarf.

 
There's quite a contrast between the two sides, don't you think?

 
I prefer the lovely texture of the silk side, myself.

 
After our jacket workshop in Tennessee...

...I had a couple of extra days to spend with my dear friend, Kathy.

Inspired by a week of intensive feltmaking and a trip to an International food market...

...(and aided by the purchase of an enormous bag of powdered turmeric)...

...we decided to make a couple of nuno scarves.

We soaked the silk in a solution of water and vinegar...

...and brought our turmeric solution to boil in a pot.

The fabric was added to the pot and taken off the heat...

...then allowed to sit with the lid on for some hours.

After rinsing, we proceeded as usual for a nuno scarf...

...and the color remained bright and true despite all of the soapy water and handling!

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5 comments:

FeltersJourney said...

LOVELY! The silk side is my fave too, its gorgeous with the red creeping through.
I love the smell from turmeric dye baths :)
xx

Rachel said...

It's certainly difficult to get turmeric stains out of clothing, so using the turmeric as a dye seems a very sensible idea!

Heather Woollove said...

Deborah--Oh, yes...it reminds me of Indian food...yummy! :)
Rachel--I can't say I've ever had to try to remove turmeric stains! (Mustard, maybe.) I have been cooking with it a lot more turmeric lately, though (v. good for you!), so I'll be forewarned! :) XO-

Sandie Knapp said...

I really like the bright and cheerful colors in this scarf. Neat how you put silk and wool together to make this too. Very nice. :)

Heather Woollove said...

Sandie--Thanks! I like this combination, too. :)