This was interesting. I’d done triple rows of shibori stitching to create a design on the front of this camisole, but the Lobster (Hypomyces lactifluorum) dyebath didn’t give me the vivid red or orange I had hoped for. So I decided to try for graduated colour shifts by letting the bottom half of the camisole sit in the exhaust bath for a couple of days. Then I raised some of it out, leaving the lower part to sit and absorb colour a bit longer. I didn’t heat this up again, but I let the camisole dry without rinsing, then I ironed the whole thing, hoping the heat would help set the colour.
This method seemed to have worked; I rinsed the camisole the following week, and the colour gradations remained.
2 thoughts on “Playing with lobsters, Part II”
Love it, the gradation. Worked wonderfully and the colours are great…was just checking out my shroom stage and began dyeing so I would have room for the new fall shrooms, apparently I have been hoarding sanguineas for a few years….and dried lobster, Let the mordanting begin….hope you are having a wonderful summer …
Anything up your way yet? A friend in Roberts Creek found seven (!) lobsters by her driveway in Roberts Creek a few days after the July rains.