Sweet Gum – First Time

Last week I participated in a workshop led by Nicola Brown. We all had a great time and I picked up a couple of ideas to use in my own work. That is one of the reasons to go to workshops, isn’t it, beside having fun?

My friend, Diane, had brought some Sweet Gum leaves to use in her experiments and when we left for the day, I snagged some that she hadn’t used. I used them (after a quick dip in an iron solution) on a silk scarf (mordanted and then soaked in vinegar) with the addition of some annatto seeds. The bundle was boiled in a madder root bath. The leaves turned a beautiful blue and the madder a burgundy. I do like the effect.

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