Tree of Life - Diary of a Tapestry

The Tree of Life is a 3metre x 5.5metre tapestry designed by tapestry weaver Cresside Collette for the RMIT Spiritual Centre. It incorporates leaf elements from staff and students of RMIT and is being woven by a team consisting of three professional weavers and a number of volunteers. This blog records the progress of the weaving.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

These are two of the colours we have had to dye. For the technically minded, the pale blue is Lanaset Blue 2R at 0.05% WOG. The peach is Lanaset Orange RN at 0.05% WOG.

To do the dyeing, 10gm samples are first dyed in a range of shades that look as though they might be useful. The best match is chosen and then a skein of that mix is dyed. I.m getting better at this now. The first skein I dyed which should have been the peach in this phot, turned out to be bright almost fluorescent orange - yes I'd miscalculated the amount of dye stuff needed. Put the decimal point in the wrong place and made it ten times too strong.

This morning I spent bleaching two skeins of the natural wool to a brighter white. It looked OK coming out of the dyepot but we'll see in the morning when it comes out of the dryer. The yarn was bleached by boiling in a solution of 'hydros' - sodium hydrosulphite for 30 minutes.


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