Day two of the katazome workshop was slightly less jam-packed than the first day: mostly we pasted with our freshly-carved stencils, and painted on the fabrics we pasted yesterday.
Here is my butterfly stencil, painted with watercolor pigments in a soy milk base:
And here is my flower stencil, similarly (but much more simply) painted:
The look, of course, is misleading: the tan parts where the paste resist was applied will (or should be) pure white once the resist is rinsed out. Â But that will be a week or two from now; the soy milk needs time to bind the pigment to the fabric, so I won’t be able to rinse it out until next weekend at earliest. Â (Proteins in the soy milk denature over time, binding to both fabric and pigment.)
We also pasted scarves with the stencils we cut yesterday. Â Most of the participants dyed theirs on the spot with Colorhues dyes (which are insta-set); I decided to take mine home, undyed, so I could experiment later with painting on fiber-reactive dyes.
Meanwhile, in Celtic Braid Coat-land, I have revised the pattern to a panel style, inserting a side panel so I can narrow both front and back pieces. Â I still need to sew up the muslin, which I will do as soon as Mike gets up. Â I do have time to fiddle, as my leather sewing materials are being shipped from New York City and heaven only knows when they will arrive. Â And the black leather piping I bought on eBay is still on its way as well. Until those arrive, I can’t do any sewing.