Solar dye. Worshiping the sun.

Hi everyone.

Hasn’t it been hot. Here in the UK we are brakeing records. But sadly with such hot weather comes upset, and currently my thoughts are going out to people just outside Manchester who are close to the moor fire. Hopefully we just have a little bit of rain just to help you guys out abit. Such a sad event.

But today I’m talking solar dye.

So earlier on in the year I took on snow dyeing useing the water to help the dye, and now I’m asking the elements again to help me to set the dye by useing the heat from the sun.

These are my little jars of dye. Here I am working with blue faced Leicester fleace from a farm in Pembrokeshire. So very much locally sourced fleace.

I have washed it and separated it in to smaller peices, made up the soultion in the jars placed the fleace in and now going to let the sun do all the work in setting the dye.

These are just a few I had done earlier on in the week and are currently drying nicely. The locks are on these are beautiful. I have done a selection of different colours. But definitely looking forward to the results from the current solar dye. I have some purples and blues going on. So I bet they are going to look stunning when they have finished.

This picture was taken earlier on in the week. There are some parts of the fleace that I have left natural locks and some that I have carded up on the drum carder as well ready to make art batts. Some of the locks were really stuck together, I found I had to open the locks up first with he hand carders to then be able to use the drum carder. So there are many options.

So this is just a small snippet of what I have been up to lately.

I do hope your all having a wonderful time in the sun shine, and not in to much discomfort. Also a little bit of rain please. Just to dampen the ground alittle. That would be great.

Signing off

Take care.

Hooks and dye.

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