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Erika Molnar  I am listening. natural dye nerd, color obsessed :: exploration & experimentation :: telling stories with textiles ::

Hey Ithaca Area folks, and those within driving distance: Two of my very favorite fiber friends. Sarah @lunafiberstudio and José @mexicanweaver are teaching a tapestry weaving class together that is a not-to-be-missed opportunity! Besides being warm, funny, loving people these two are amazing artists - incredibly skilled weavers and natural dyers. You can learn more by clicking through to @lunafiberstudio and following the link in her profile. The class will be held March 30th & May 18th at Luna Fiber Studio in T’burg. Go! Laugh! Learn! ..
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#tapestry #tapestryweaving #trumansburg #zapotecweavers #lifelonglearning #wool #learnanewskill #learnfromamaster #weaversofinstagram #textileclasses #fingerlakesart #fingerlakesny

On cotton: today’s colors. Collected in California, dyed in February for some relief from the grey.
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On my mind (always): the dirty, oppressive, slavery- and colonialism- laden history of the natural dye and textile industries; stolen and appropriated versus shared and appreciated — and how to convey the importance of the difference in teaching; definitions of mastery; and the perils of insta-expertise.
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Many thanks to my teachers & colleagues for all they give.
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Please visit the profile of Ms. Lucille Junkere, @lucillejunkere for more information about how indigo, slavery, and colonialism weigh in the story of natural dyes.
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#naturaldye #cochineal #loquat #peppertree #acacia #forageddyes
#naturaldyesisterhood

Lake of foraged cochineal —> carmine red. ..
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Lakeing is a process of binding dye molecules to a mordant, then precipitating them out of the solution. Cochineal pigment (laked carminic acid) is the red cloud you see settling above. Lakes can be dried and ground and used for ink or paint or coloring plaster. They can be used as food coloring, in certain cases- cochineal being one of them. Once laked, a dye becomes a pigment. A pigment won’t usually adhere to cloth without a binder (like soy milk). Just to make it confusing, certain laked pigments can be resolubilized in acid and used to dye protein fibers.
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I use this process to pull leftover dye out of my dyebaths before I return the water to other uses.
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I originally learned how to lake dyes from the following blog post:
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.. https://sunsikell.wordpress.com/2011/01/10/how-to-make-a-lake-pigment/
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#naturaldye #lakingdyes #cochineal #foraged #chemistryiscool #naturalred

Even good dogs have their moments... I made this baby quilt almost 12 years ago. It came back to me for repair (swipe left) - Faded, soft, well loved. The pleasure of fixing something that has had so much involvement in life! Thanks for loving this up, you guys. Keep adding to its story! ..
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#repair #mending #quilt #lifetimerepairwarranty #babyquilt #thedogatemy

the hazards of living with a dyer. ..
We collected these cochineal during a visit to family and I set them soaking in a jar because I have no good way to dry them. A kid opened the jar before I had labeled it and yelled, “hey mama, this jam smells very wrong!”
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Yep.
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#naturaldyersofinstagram #cochineal #naturaldye #foraged #forageddye #dyelife

attachments.

Live oak scar from the thomas fire (with new spaces to explore and green recovery all around)
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#thomasfire #coldspringstrail

quiet stitching amidst a fun and busy week.
Quebracho red, fustic, indigo from some dye time with Brooke @sinceresheep ..
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#fustic #quebrachored #indigo #naturaldyes

winter colorway

this morning’s greens on thrifted clothing (linen/cotton).
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#naturaldye #naturallydyed #botanicaldye #green #thrifted #nontoxiccolor #stillhavenotcleaneduptheindigo

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