Natural Dyes

Although it rained 5 inches a week ago, there are still no mushrooms in the Valley. I hunted for at least two hours on four different days and in four different locations and not a sign. So instead of setting up at the Market Square Farmers Market on Saturday, I decided to dye another lot of silk scarves to take next week.

I used one mushroom dye, Phaeolus schweinitzii, indigo, logwood, brazilwood, osage orange, and cohcineal insects. I mordanted with alum. This batch, I used a considerable amount of wax-resist with paraffin and applied overdyes for a batik feel.

I had a few scarves left over from my spring sale, so I did some overdying and patterning so they are completely different now. One had an iron mordant with cohcineal and it yielded a beautiful aqua color in logwood. It took several days to do them all, but I’m quite pleased. Prices are $35-$40 depending on the scarf. I like to sell them in person so folks can see what they look like, because each one is unique.

My wife is a Univ. of Alabama graduate, so the brazilwood with a light logwood dip that yeilded crimson is hers.

I’ll have them for sale at the Knoxville Market Square Farmers Market until they’re gone.

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  1. Hello Whitey! I would love to get one of these scarves for a friend who lives in WI so there is no way I can buy it in person. Could I prepay you including shipping and then let her pick one out based on photographs? Are they all still available (except for the crimson one)? Thanks. Jean

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