I’ve been having trouble getting nice prints in my eco dyeing these past few weeks…. and am feeling like I lost the magic touch.
Then I seemed to remember that I was having the same feeling at about this same time last year! So I won’t let it get me down. I’ll just keep plodding along.
Here is a scarf I wove out of ‘peace’ silk and then dyed…..
Actually I think that I showed it already….. after the first printing. It’s been over printed since then.
And here are two scarves that I am really not excited by…….
I am going to try soaking my next batch of silk in some soy milk, along with some reclaimed linen pieces, to see if that will help enhance the prints.
My partner is playing there this coming Friday evening……
More info at Steve Peter’s blog
I want to thank the people who answered my query about smelly prints! I soaked the two items (the slip and the scarf) in baking soda water …… it helped!
In today’s scarf I modified my approach to using just egg whites and not the whole egg. That helped tremendously!
Here is the silk slip I soaked in the soda water…..
And here is the scarf. Handwoven out of a 50/50 wool silk single ply yarn. Nice and light weight. There are some bizarre colors going on in it, and the prints are subtle….. but for some reason I love it!
Today’s scarf ( handwoven out of ‘Peace’ silk) turned out a bit bland. One end took up the color and prints fairly well. The other end looks like blue and gray smudges. I’m going to over print it on Wednesday…… rolling it up from the opposite end.
I was wondering if anybody out there knows how to neutralize the scent of rust/iron and egg?
I usually use a combination of these two items when doing my eco prints, and the resulting odor lingers must longer than I would like it to. Even after washing and rinsing. It does dissipate after many washings….. but was hoping for a more quick result!
Do you think that a soak in water with baking soda would help?
I have been doing a bit of dyeing. Three more silk slips (that are listed on etsy, even with their lingering odor).
I have another one waiting to be washed…. I like it the most, of the ones I have done so far (I’ll post a photo of it this coming week). There is a crease along one side that blocked the prints, and that bothers me….. although Lilly and Jeph seem to think that it’s not problem. I’ll go with their opinion! I tend to be a ‘task master’ and am too finicky with anything I make…. always looking for ‘perfection’.
I also have a handwoven wool/silk scarf that I printed….. I’ll wash and photo it too this coming Monday.
And I have a peace silk scarf that I wove last week that is waiting to be printed.
Long over due update….. sorry!