Yummy buttons and fun with snow dyeing

Around Christmas time I treated myself to a few of Lisa Peter’s gorgeous raku buttons – I love her pottery and I had a hard time deciding which to buy.  I love the earthy feel of these three….

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Also around this time, I decided to take advantage of the snow and do some snow dyeing.  I did this totally erratically without referring to any written instructions but I like the way these turned out.  I piled all the fabric on top of each other and this is what it looked like with the snow on top (complete with bits of organic greenery to add to the design!)

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Here is one of the pieces of fabric – this is quite transparent cotton organdie (I always wondered what organdie was from the song Scarborough Fair!).

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I hung this up on my design wall over the top of one of my practice reeds samples and was interested to note that the reeds were more visible through the black part than the white, for some reason…

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Here is a closer look so you can see what I mean:

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I think I’ll have to exploit that property sometime!

This is some silk crepe fabric:

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I love the strokeable texture of it here:

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The colours are closer to the above photos but this one captures the markings better.  I may have taken it when it was wet.  For some reason, silk crepes and organzas are very difficult to photograph without the colours being washed out.  Anyone know why?  I wonder if it is related to the way the light reflects off the fibres.

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6 Comments:

  1. That silk is beautiful! I have two silk scarves – maybe I need to snow dye them tomorrow!
    .-= Vicki W´s last blog ..Handwork Wednesday =-.

  2. “For some reason, silk crepes and organzas are very difficult to photograph without the colours being washed out.”
    Welcome to my world!

  3. Do you have any tips, Janine, on the best way to photograph them, or is it all trial and error?

  4. Thanks, Vicki! I’ll look out for piccies… have you got snow there?

  5. I’d never heard of snow dyeing before –neat! It looks almost batiked to me, but much softer.
    .-= aiche´s last blog ..A Suspicious Surplus of Kitchen Appliances =-.

  6. The result is lovely! I’ve never heard of it either but you inspired me to try.
    .-= Yasmine´s last blog ..Very Special Family Portrait =-.

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