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!
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!
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.
Spend a magical day learning to dye using a natural indigo fermentation vat.
We show you how to:
* setup your own indigo dye vat (indigo kits available @ $30ea)
* simple shibori techniques
* dye using our indigo vat
Maximum of 8 people per class.
All materials included plus morning & afternoon tea!
*Please bring your own lunch.*
Dates: Sunday 27th January or Monday 28th 2019 (Auckland Anniversary Weekend)
Time: 9.30am to 4.30pm
Where: Provenance Studio, North West Auckland
Price: $200 per person
Today Provenance donated to Somaiya Kala Vidya Artisan Design School. If you would like to support the amazing work of Judy Frater and team please visit the GlobalGiving website to donate; https://www.globalgiving.org/…/design-education-for-artisa…/
You can also help support graduate artists like Irfan Khatri by purchasing his work through Provenance Artisan Textiles; https://www.provenance.co.nz/artisans/
Provenance will be at The Auckland Festival of Quilts November 2nd to 4th.
Auckland Netball Centre, Allison Ferguson Drive, St Johns, Auckland.
10am to 4pm daily.
See you there!
As some of you maybe aware recent rains in India have been devastating and you may have seen images from the state of Kerala. Aranya Naturals is situated in Munnar some 5hours from Kochi and has been greatly affected by the deluge. In the township of Munnar one hospital staff member lost their life along with 4 of their family members, and 5 families lost their homes to landslides, two of which were from the Srishti centre.
Despite this loss the community is rallying together to support each other. We have sent emails to Aranya to express our support for all affected and hope to place orders with them in the new year.
At the recent Tauranga Creative Fibre event a number of customers were looking for small quantities of light weight un-dyed silk. Most silk of that type is made commercially and it is not always easy to trace the supply chain. However, it is something that Provenance will endeavour to supply in the future. In the mean time I do have in my personal stash un-dyed silk organza which is about 50cm wide by a couple of metres long; also have it in a nude/tan colour. Happy to sell this if anyone is interested, just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Provenance is also looking to obtain more silk and silk blended fabrics from The Fabric Social initiative so watch this space!