3rd Dip Day Persimmon Dye

After 3 dips in 3 days, this is the color card for the green persimmon dye. You can see the original fabric was very white. The literature on using persimmons says it makes fabrics water resistant and can be painted onto paper or fiber bowls. It was difficult to make the fabric soak up the persimmon after the first day and you could see the moisture bead on the linen piece.  The dupioni silk piece didn’t react and there was very little color change on day 2 so I didn’t bother on day 3. The deepest change was on the rayon piece and I found that same thing using indigo. I’m thinking that rayon is going to be my fabric of choice.

We will pick persimmons again in a week or so, right before they start to turn color and see if that pick makes a difference. In the meantime, I have some experimenting to do with painting on the juice with and without mordants to see what comes out.  I also haven’t tried stitching through this yet so more experimenting.

persimmon dip3

Arkansas Astringent Persimmon Dye

I discovered the information on using persimmon for dyeing over the winter last year. From my reading they need to be the astringent kind, not the sweet ones in the market…the ones that taste like straight alum and send your face into a pucker that lasts into next week. Yep…that’s the kind we have. I have waited patiently for the wild persimmon tree to set fruit. About a week and a half ago Ron and I picked a bucket full of green persimmons, this is when they have the most tannin in them.

They can be used as a tannin mordant and pre-mordant or with successive dips they give wonderful shades of burnt orange. The more dips and the longer it cures in the sun, the darker the color. Or that’s what we have read so we are experimenting.

This is the photo of  some of the persimmons after soaking in a bucket for over a week. The water looks like Lake Okeechobee in Florida full of tannin.

persimmon soak 1week

I used my Cuisinart Food Processor to grind these up. The Japanese textile blog I saw this on grates them to use them unfermented.

After soaking again overnight they more than doubled in volume. This pan was full to the top!

ground persimmon

According to the information I’ve found on this, the cloth must be exposed to the sun and heat. Well, its pretty hot in Arkansas today so I had to try some cloth in the green goo. I used a piece of white handkerchief linen and a piece of white  rayon. Scoured, of course. The pink spiderweb shibori was a piece Ron did  at Arrowmont and was dyed in a madder exhaust. I soaked them in water first, then lay them on the top of the pot, not caring if some of the ground persimmon got on them.  I was shocked at how much color from a single dip and you can see the backside hasn’t been in the sun as long. I can’t wait to dip these again tomorrow . We are expecting 100 degrees so they should do well in the sun.

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Suzanne Riggio’s Quilted Art Tribute for her Husband [ with her permission to post]

Art Quilt
Size:  20” x 20”
Date:  June 13, 2014
Dedication:  Happy birthday to Rig
Acknowledgement:  Based on a photograph by Rita G. Mouton
Materials:  Sun-printed and painted cotton by Sue Andrus, upholstery fabric, organic cotton batting, cotton print by Moda,  gold metallic thread, invisible thead
Techniques:  applique, fusing, machine embroidery, machine quilting
Colors:  yellow, mauve, burgundy, gold
Suzanne Mouton Riggio
Story:  On June 13, 2014, my husband Donald Riggio celebrated his 88th birthday.  We had been married since August 30, 1952, almost 62 years earlier.  As I write this, we are waiting for God and remembering our incredible journey together: five wonderful children, the expansion of our family, extensive careers in music and art, and a fruitful retirement.  My sister-in-law’s photograph of the two of us strolling and rolling down the driveway was the inspiration for this birthday gift for Rig, the love of my life.
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Tennessee Wilderness

When we travel, we try to stay the night in an out of the way place. It might be a campground or state park. Taking in the beauty is the way we unwinding from the craziness of the highway. This was the second place we stopped overnight . A storm was moving in across the lake but I had time to snap a few shots.


It Rained in TN.. A LOT

We went off the beaten path for lunch at this great cafe for scrumptious quiche. It started pouring as we were getting ready to leave so we made ourselves comfy with wonderful coffee. The owner was so sweet…he offered to go into the downpour and retrieve our embrella from the van. So, if you are ever in the Gatlinburg area, be sure to tell them I sent you!

The Cabin Cafe, Gatlinburg

Rainy outdoor cafe

The Cold Nose ….Travels to Arrowmont in Gatlinburg, TN

Ron and I just got back from a trip to Gatlinburg where we took a week long workshop from Joan M. Morris on shape resist dyeing with natural dyes. We didn’t take photos during the workshop, too busy absorbing it all during the many demonstrations. Besides, Joan didn’t want her photo taken or photos of her samples. It was the kind of workshop I like because it was a technique workshop full of information to put in our tool box of dyeing knowledge.

We made a 2 week trip out of this since gasoline is expensive and staying longer didn’t add to the gas bill. I have some wonderful photos to share with you all over the next month or so that we took during the stay.  The fur babies travel with us in our small class C motor home.  It is really their second home, too, and they all have their chosen ‘seats’ in the cab. Once in a while there is the same kind of bickering between them that most people associate with human kids….you know the kind…..He touched me!…I want to sit by the window!…Its my turn!!!…That’s usually the two boys since LuLu has her spot. She sits right in front of the AC vents with her nose pressed into it and fur flying from the fan.  No doubt she thinks she will be healthier with a COLD nose!

LuLu with a Cold Nose