14.6.11

Bye bye berry blue













Her forehead and belly used to be light blue,
but aren´t any more...
The fabrics I dyed last summer with berries
someone gave me slowly fade into beige when
exposed to the light. I just realized that...













And I hope it isn´t frustrating for those who
bought the fabric pack. Sorry. But I had no way
of knowing...

Kommentare:

Penny Berens hat gesagt…

Beige is good too!

ger hat gesagt…

Thank you Penny. Yes it is...

stitchinglife2 hat gesagt…

Naturally dyed fabrics often change colour over time. I like that.

ger hat gesagt…

I like it too...;)

jude hat gesagt…

fade is gentle. it doesn't hurt

Filamental hat gesagt…

It is still very very wonderful.

Lisa hat gesagt…

just like life..everything fades sooner or later unless it's polyester...

kaiteM hat gesagt…

wabi sabi - the way life is.

Connie Rose hat gesagt…

I always wonder about these naturally dyed fabrics that you and others use, how lightfast they really are. I've had problems with natural dye lightfastness even when using supposedly strong mordants, let alone those that are dyed without anything in particular added to hold the color.
I suppose the upshot is that the natural fading needs to be considered part of the art itself.

Fabric Art hat gesagt…

I bought a package from you, the colors are still very fine.
Anni

Ludid hat gesagt…

what will it become with time? that is exciting and interesting.

Deborah hat gesagt…

She's still charming.

ger hat gesagt…

Hey, thanks everyone... - yes, indeed, everything fades, except polyester - and a lot of things do fade with less grace than natural dyes...;)

Deb G hat gesagt…

I think that anyone playing with plant dyes has to be open to that...part of the fun. Have a great time off.

HSM hat gesagt…

I work with natural dyes often in my work. For non-tannin rich dyes, you can enhance the lightfastness.

To a decotion of the dye of any given volume, add 10% gallnut extract and 10% citric or tartric acid. This helps to saturate the fibers, and the gallic tannin is so far the best UV protection I've found.

I use this formula mainly on leather. The books you see here were exposed to sunlight to test their lightfastness, and so far so good. http://www.etsy.com/shop/swingshiftbooks

ger hat gesagt…

Thank you for this information, HSM...