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20 August 2006 @ 12:59 am
 
Success on the natural dye front! The rose hips didn't seem to be giving much color, so I went to the grocery store and found annatto seed, which gives a bright orange. The hemp cloth is now a warm earthy orange, and looks great. Now I iron it and make it up into something.

I'm not really pleased with this cloth. It's been washed four times, and is still not very soft. The silk noil is coming, as is a bunch of hemp/cotton blend. That'll be more fun to work with.

Did you know Tencel and rayon are natural fabrics? They come from cellulose, i.e. wood pulp. That is awesome. In fact, Tencel is made via a process that's environmentally sound. Very cool.
 
 
 
Murphy's Girlsnafu_07 on August 20th, 2006 05:30 am (UTC)
You should totally be posting pictures of this stuff, you never know when a flist pep may want to commission something.
Jerlugonn on August 20th, 2006 07:27 am (UTC)
My hemp shirt has a very nice texture - it reminds me a bit of raw silk but with a smoother surface look. But I suppose there are many different weaves of hemp cloth, so I suppose your mileage varies according to that.
DarkRiver: cutesmolder on August 20th, 2006 07:38 am (UTC)
Yeah, the hemp shirt I owned was kinda scratchy and stiff.
Baron Aloha: ?WERTYultramang on August 20th, 2006 11:53 am (UTC)
Yeah, when they talk about bamboo fabric, it's basically rayon.. only more bambooey.