Dye Resists

When learning to dye fabrics, I recalled my teenage years when tie-dye was so popular.  Tie-dye is probably the best known form of a type of dyeing called resist-dyeing. So, I decided to investigate this category of techniques. What I found was fascinating to me. Resist dyeing refers to traditional methods of dyeing fabrics to create patterns and has been widely used since antiquity.  The oldest example of resist dyeing was pieces of linen from Egyptian mummies and dates to the fourth century. The cloth was soaked in wax, scratched with a sharp tool, dyed with a mixture of blood … Continue reading Dye Resists

National Oatmeal Day

It’s National Oatmeal Day.  So, I thought I would try a something new for breakfast. Altering an oatmeal cookie recipe, I came up with something really tasty: Oatmeal Breakfast Cannoli 1/3 cup butter, melted 1/3 cup brown sugar 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon Baking Powder 1/2 cup flour 3/4 cup oatmeal 1/2 cup whipped cream cheese 1/4 cup carmel sauce Apple, thinly sliced Cuisinart Crepe/Pizzelle Press While preheating the Pizzelle Press, mix together the first seven ingredients to make the cannoli batter.  Place one Tablespoon of batter on each spot of the Pizzelle plate of a baker. … Continue reading National Oatmeal Day

Dyeing Silk Fabric

Silk — elegant, versatile and washable. Yes, washable! Sewing and dyeing silk was something I wanted to try.Silk is a natural protein fiber (like wool) that is taken from the cocoon of the silkworm. Most animal protein fibers require acidic dyes which are different than the alkaline dyes that plant fibers like cotton require. However, silk is less sensitive to high pH than other animal fibers, which makes it the most versatile of all fibers for dyeing. Silk can be dyed with acid dyes (specifically made for animal fibers), but it can also be dyed with fiber reactive dyes (such … Continue reading Dyeing Silk Fabric