Tuesday, December 27, 2011

brown cloths

when the amazing india's eco colour appeared
i had been playing for some time with rust
and mold
and alternative dye processes, 
not knowing what, exactly, i was up to.

since the days of college and extreme frugality
i have been
using old cotton sheeting to dye on.
in those days, i used rit and procion dyes. 
there is an unfinished quilt in the trunk--
in soft reds and blues
(the story of the blue oatmeal comes from this time)
not long after i commenced reading eco colour 
i was dyeing
bundling, adding metals, plants
(and a frond of eucalyptus from the florist)
several days ago i pulled out this cloth
and studied it. 

it's fine. 
 the old cotton
sucked up the available pigments
in tidy patterns  
for christmas, my daughter hannah
knitted a brown cloth. a scarf
to keep me warm. 
her friend jody's pattern
apparently available on ravelry
(i don't do ravelry...)
two brown cloths.
both made from a few fibers...


aimee said...

SO beautiful!!! hannah's work is gorgeous. and the dyed cloth reminds me of amate. i love the blue oatmeal story, probably b/c it feels always like it's my own story (though i am sure many, many people have similar ones)!

jude said...

it is the year of brown over here, lots of it. that old cloth sure is thirsty isn't it?

deanna7trees said...

beautiful markings on your cloth. brown is the color of the philosopher.

Velma said...

aimee, oh that lesson on dye!
jude, oh, yes, i'd forgotten that!
deanna, wow. the philosopher?

Penny Berens said...


Susan Fletcher Conaway said...

Both beautiful! Those fine lines and pinpoint dots on your cloth are my favorite part - the detail.

Velma said...

yep, penny!
susan, this cloth is deceptive in it's patterning. photo #5 is FLAT.

Diana Angus said...

Yes, the fine lines and the dots are sublime.

Velma said...

thanks, diana. i like them, too

Anonymous said...

love the scarf, it looks inviting and cosy and from the gorgeous wintery pictures you need it.

Velma said...

indeed, jean, though it's not very cold.

ronnie said...

lovely patterns: on cloth, in wool (I do so admire those who can knit pretty patterns and love how time and simple materials can make the most divine display)

Velma said...

ronnie, thanks. hannah is a VERY good knitter. not me.

Valerianna said...

Brown is good. That deep brown scarf looks cozy. Don't do ravelry, don't knit, but wish I had the patience for it. For some reason I can spend hours and hours hunched over a drawing, or lose sight of my bursting bladder while painting. But knitting? nope.

Velma said...

yep, i crochet (non-trad) but knitting is much harder for me. hannah's hands love two sticks and a string.

iNd!@nA said...

very fine indeed...used cotton is so much nicer to work with than new stuff [all those launderings add useful things as well as softening the fibres]
and how gorgeous to have a chocolate scarf

Velma said...

india, that dyed piece is several years old now, hannah's is new, they compliment each other and are calorie free.

Fiona Dempster said...

Both beautiful brown works of art - and I love the calorie-free comment; so valid this time of year! Sometimes just gazing at lovely soft, warm things is good for the soul...thank you

Velma said...

fiona, yes, warm and soft (and calorie free) as we move into some real cold here (so they're saying).

neki desu said...

awesome scarf, beautiful dyed cloth. yes, there's rit in every dyer's past. ahh youth!!:)

Velma said...

rit dye, neki, it's still sold in the grocery store!

aracne said...

The brown dyed cloth is amazing, those soft, intersecting lines make me dream. I could get lost looking at them.

Velma said...

spiderwoman(!), that cloth, one of my earliest larger pieces dyed following india's recommendations, has so much surface movement. you're right about getting lost in it.

Petrena said...

Ahh, the scarf is so pretty and lacy...your Hannah is an amazing knitter.
I will have to try to find the pattern on Ravelry and beg my son to make me one. :-)
Can you re-share the 'blue oatmeal story?' I can't find it.

Oh, I love rust too but how did you do the mold/what kind of mold?
That sounds REALLY interesting!
And your cloth is so pretty...are you going to use it in a piece or make some wearable art out of it?

Thanks for sharing...always fun to see what the whirled is up to.

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