Notions-Drye Goods Studio Diary

Thanks for checking in. I am a fiber artist and designer. My currant emphasis is on eco printing and other wildcraft with a touch of up-cycling thrown in. You can also catch up with my wanderings on my Facebook page Drye Goods Studio.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Spring will come

"The mind is the mountains, rivers, trees, and the grass, and the mind is the the sun, the moon, and the stars." Dogen 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017


"Here is a judgement: Minimalism is boring. I want art to spill out from every corner of my house. I want art to feast my eyes, soothe my soul, inspire and excite me from the time I wake up, until I go to bed at night. I want to see it, touch it, and even wear it. No, I can't take it with me, but while I am here, I want to enjoy it." Michele Mokrey, Creative Director, The New Moon Gallery

Cotton big shirt with embroidery. Dry pressed leaves and tansy dye.

Friday, February 10, 2017


And here they are! If you click on the pictures you can study each one up close. If you are just dropping in for the first time you can hit the label "technique" at the bottom of the post and see what has been going on all in a row.

This is before they were washed.

This is after washing, not too much difference! Yeah! I washed them by hand in cold water with a bit of shampoo.

This shirt was pretreated with alum and a bit of soda ash, applied in separate applications and allowed to dry in between. Normally one would let this sit around for a year or so before dyeing or printing, but I wanted to show the difference in the color tone from this method vs. using tannins. It will be interesting to see how long the color lasts since by most standards the mordant isn't "fixed".

This is the shirt that I applied the alum first and then the tannin solution. As you can see the prints are more defined and the color is a bit deeper.

The last shirt is the one that I applied the tannin solution to first, let it dry and then applied a light alum solution. If you remember from the previous post, this one was also a really lovely shade of mauve. The color of the frozen iris is much darker and the leaf prints are very clear. As a side note I really like the way the placement of the leaves came out, sometimes placing leaves on a finished garment is challenging, this worked really well.

Now to wear and wash them for the year and see what they do. Since I was using the same plant material from shirt to shirt in order to make side by side comparisons, I bought three different sizes in order to keep track of what I was doing with the mordants. I like the way all three fit-it may just be that I need different pants to make each one look right. Why is that everything I do these days seems to require a shopping trip?

Monday, February 6, 2017

Winter Continues

"I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way-things I had no words for." Georgia O'Keeffe 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Progress Report on the Acorn as Mordant

I did three long sleeve 100% cotton T-shirts. The lightest one is the one I did with protein and soda ash so I would have something to compare to. The next darkest one is the one that the alum was applied first and then the acorn "juice", the darkest one is the one that had the acorn mordant first and then an exposure to alum. I have to say, that dark one is a really pretty mauve. It does have some weird spots you can't see in the picture, they will become part of the eco print. Why I keep getting this pink, I am not sure. It may be our water quality here, or it could just be that I am too lazy to peel the acorns and the shells have some effect. At any rate, it is a pretty color when you can get it with out the funky brown spots.

The next thing I did I probably should not have done just for the sake of the experiment, but I happen to love the interplay of rust with various plants and so I laid out the shirts and let them set with some rusty nails on them over a couple of days.

I steamed them the other day, using my "go-to" leaves, the ones I use when I want a guaranteed print, no matter what other crazy thing I am doing. It is mostly a mixed bag of maple leaves and stuff from the box I marked "miscellaneous" which are from a lot of little scruffy trees that grow out by the river. I also used iris petals from the stash in the freezer. Tempting as it was to use all different stuff on all three shirts, I decided I would learn more if I just used all the same leaves and could compare them from one mordant to the next.

And now, we wait. I left them in plastic bags for several days to keep them wet, now I am leaving them out to dry.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Well that was Great-What's Next?

"A bridge of silver wings stretches from the dead ashes of an unforgiving nightmare to the jeweled vision of a life started anew." Aberjhani

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Rattling those Pots and Pans

I am still working on the T-shirts with the acorn mordant, tomorrow is steam printing day on those, so pictures to come soon! In the meantime I have been working on various projects.

Applying mordants:

Making a REALLY BIG pot of tea for tea dyeing:

And one wild hair experiment involving Chianti by the jug.

Not sure how that last one will come out, but it made the house smell great!