ALmost a year ago, I jumped back into the saddle of the teaching horse and haven't left it since. And last weekend I was back at my friend's studio teaching the cellulose fibre class.
Plant dyes and plant fibres are my fascination. I know, it's not fair towards wool (silk is something totally different though) but this reluctance with which cellulose fibres take on (or not) natural dyes is absolutely fascinating.
We dyed with several different plants on different mordants whatever cellulose fibre we got our hands on. There was cotton, of course, linen, but hemp as well and ramie and some nettle yarn.
We dyed conventional and with a more modern approach. And I tried to teach a well founded chemical basis.
The students were interested and I hope they had as much fun as I did.
At our last day, I showed them Michel Garcia's organic vat and we added greens and purples to our dye palette.
I'll be visiting my friend's studio again next year. In the meantime I have ample opportunities to work on my teaching, learn new things and make tiny little baby steps in getting better at natural dyeing.