A number of customers have requested information about our recycled silk products. We have yarn, scraps, bundles of strips and squares 22cm x 22cm approx., and fat quarter packs. Because these items vary every time an order comes in we do not have them on the website. However, we are always happy to send photos of items if you email through a colour description. Of course we always have these items at the craft events we attend.
Provenance recently attended the Cambridge Creative Fibre Event and was delighted to meet Simone who had used our recycled silk sari yarn on a felted headboard. Thanks Simone for sharing your amazing creative idea!
I’m not sure this is any better! Still no red colour just this horrid apricot! Back to the drawing board!
Oh dear! Helps if you read the instructions correctly! Should have been Calcium Carbonate not garden lime! Should be able to get the Calcium Carbonate from the local brew shop. Will re-use the dye bath and just add the calcium carbonate and see whether we can revive the dye, if not the liquid will end up on the garden and we will start again.
Today we started our trials with Madder, a very different process to that of indigo! Madder requires a mordant, we used one dip of alum on yarn and fabric, and also some with just a gall dip; Jenny Dean’s recipe uses an alum, gall and alum mordant regime. We had an over abundance of red guavas so have tried them as a mordant too. You start with cold water, add the garden lime (madder responds better in hard water), madder powder and fabric/yarn. The water temperature needs to rise and hold at 80 C for 45minutes, then leave to cool overnight. I guess we will see whether any are a success but have a feeling we may have been a little stingy with only 20grams of madder powder!
On Saturday March 16th Yvonne attended the annual dye-in at Dannevirke’s Spinners & Weavers Club. What an amazing setup! A fabulous day to dye-up your stored collection of yarn and try some new plant dyes or techniques. Yvonne also took a Provenance Indigo dye kit to trial. This kit is based on Michael Garcia’s 123 Indigo vat and it worked a real treat. We will have these kits available at the Palmerston North Creative Fibre Event in April.
Creative Fibre Festival – 25th to the 28th of April. Central Energy Trust Arena, B&M Centre / Arena 4 – on the same grounds, with entry through Gate 4 on Pascal Street., Palmerston North. General Public entry fee $5.