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Blog - Dye-Lishus® cotton

Dye & block print on Dye-Lishus® cotton shaded stripe


Here are some close-up photos of the shaded stripe fabric dyed with natural dyes by Melanie of Wild Earth Textiles, then block printed by Heather of Patch Studios. We collaborated on some picnic sets, a 36" square tablecloth and 2 napkins, for the Connections exhibit in Asheville a few months ago. The photos were taken by Melanie.

The dyes are black walnut hulls, coreopsis, Hopi sunflower, and madder, all grown in the Warren Wilson College dye garden.

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Floral tie-dye

I tie-dyed the Dye-Lishus® cotton shaded stripe. I didn't really like it very much, but my friend Ruth saw it, liked it, and did some stitching on it. Oh, boy, now I love it!

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Formal & Informal

Well, you can tie dye too. Here is a piece with handspun Dye-Lishus® cotton in one direction and untreated organic cotton in the other. The weaving pattern is a 16 shaft block twill taken from the Landes book. Then I tie dyed it...

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Using Dye-Lishus® cotton yarn

Dye-Lishus® cotton is scoured and mordanted in the fiber form, before it is carded and spun, which means I can blend it with untreated cotton to make yarn, or I can mix it with untreated yarn to make fabric. Then when I dye, the untreated part will not accept the dye. Here is a simple [...]

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