WOOLFEST – Today @ Kumeu Showgrounds, Auckland

Come visit us at Woolfest today! Being held in a new home at the Kumeu Showgrounds this annual event will be bigger and better than ever before! Looks like the weather will turn it on for a super sunny once the fog has cleared!

10am to 4pm

See you there!!

Madder Dye Trials Day Two

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.

Madder Dye Trials

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!

Creative Fibre Festival Palmerston North

COME VISIT US!

Provenance will be at the B&M Centre Arena 4 in Palmerston North from Thursday 25th, after 1pm, through to Sunday the 28th April. We will be demonstrating on our stand the Michael Garcia 1-2-3 Indigo Dye Vat and will have dye kits ready to purchase.

Entry $5. Children 12 and under will get in FREE!

Dyeing in Dannevirke

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.

Indigo Dyeing @ Provenance

Another successful indigo dyeing class completed! Once again Auckland Anniversary weekend gave us fantastic drying weather and some amazing work was created. Can’t wait until next year so share the magical experience of indigo.