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Erika Molnar  natural dye nerd, color obsessed :: exploration & experimentation :: telling stories with textiles :: DM me with custom color/quilt inquiries

last night a friend introduced me to a recipe for leather britches.

sometimes it feels good to make a little thing with the leftovers of the leftovers... 4” x 6”
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#tinyquilt #naturaldye #naturaldyes #madderweldindigo #scrapquilt #useitup #colortriads

sophisticated hues from goldenrod / acorn / black walnut / iron on alum-mordanted silk. Thank you to Liz @thedogwooddyer and Ambika @ambikaboutique for organizing a fun campfire / local foraged / vintage goodness / natural dye adventure. ...
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P.S. New Yorkers, check out @visitmountaindale — they’re making a Thing, and it’s gonna be good.
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#naturaldyes #botanicaldyes #localcolor #forageddyes #tannins #walnut #acorn #goldenrod #thedogwooddyer #colorfromplants

drying rack situation...
Playing with batik & indigo to see where it takes me.

More (obsessive?) madderxweldxindigo scrappiness.... I still have more fabric from the natural dye color study I did last year and am determined to make use of every possible piece. These little meditations are a good way of moving back into studio seasons after the summer...
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All colors naturally dyed with madder / indigo and/or weld on cotton
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#naturaldyes #naturallydyedquilt #naturaldye #madder #weld #indigo #colormixing #colormixingwithnaturaldyes #plantcolor #plantpalette #useitup #scrapquilt #colorstudy

Afterschool playground repairs. It’s a thing. #visiblemending

yesterday’s sidewalk; today’s puddle

Color! Indigo & marigold for dyes; shiso because it is purple and delicious with lemonade; two tomatoes that the squirrels were eyeing.

fresh indigo experiment — puréed & strained versus massaged with salt (salt method trial inspired by @seaspellfiber ) - on silk/hemp and silk gauze; using plants from two different varieties of seed that I am growing— the top row is seed from John Marshall; the bottom is seed from the volunteer plants in my garden. The quantity of fiber and indigo were the same for each trial.
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.. interesting to me is how the use of salt/massage (the kale salad method, my kids call it, as opposed to the pesto method 😏) allowed the mixed fiber swatch (silk/hemp) to pick up the same amount of color as the silk gauze. I am guessing this is because of the direct contact with the leaves and the massage action forcing the indican/enzymes into the fiber, as opposed to relying on contact while moving fiber through a more dilute bath. I believe the garden/salt swatches are lighter due to the shorter amount of time they were massaged (kid run experiments ran up against an appointment).
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Thanks, Britt, for the fun conversation!
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#naturaldyes #naturaldye #botanicaldyes #indigo #persicariatinctoria #polygonumtinctorium #japaneseindigo #growyourownindigo #freshindigo #indigoextraction2018 #blue #keepingkidsbusyuntilschoolstarts #pestoVSmassagedwithsalt

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