Open Studio Door – Iron Dip – February 17, 2022

Iron Dip

Our “Open Studio Door” posts are a way to invite readers into our studio. This is a way to share daily studio activities, and all the methods involved in creating our pieces.

Today in the studio we are completing iron dips. When botanically dyed fibres are dipped in an iron bath, it “saddens” the color. Colors become darker and grey.

Today, I am working with bamboo, dyed in cutch.

The fibre goes into the iron bath as a mid brown tone, and emerges, as dark brown.

Iron dips are an incredibly useful tool when working with botanical dyes and cellulose fibres. It creates the opportunity to create darker colors, which is challenging to accomplish with natural dyeing.

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