The mordant most frequently used by natural dyers for animal and cellulose fibers and fabrics. It improves light and washfastness of all natural dyes and keeps colours clear. It is inexpensive and safe to use (but should not be ingested). This form of alum is refined from bauxite, the raw state of aluminum ore, and is free from the impurities some other alums can contain (such as iron). Use at 12-20% WOF.
Walnut Husks – (Eastern Black Walnut) Juglans nigra. This dyestuff is obtained from the bark of the tree and also from the green husks of the fruit. Domonique Cardon has called walnuts “great living laboratories of dye production.” Walnut is a substantive dye and can be used without a mordant. It can be used alone to produce warm deep taupes or to give extra depth in combination with other dyes. Historically it has been used with madder (both rubia cordifolia and rubia tinctoria) to produce mahogonies. Walnut responds well to overdyeing with iron producing rich grey/browns. Ground walnut is used at 75-100% WOF. Walnut Extract can be used at 30-50% WOF. Walnut Crystals are used for "antiqiue" effects on cloth or paper when used at 25%. WOF.
This is a quality stainless steel Japanese tool used in the art of shibori for fine and consistant design in your work. The tool helps to keep tension in the cloth as you bind. It is made up of a clamp and a sturdy arm that is perpendicular to the clamp and has a sharp and strong pin on the end.
This traditional japanese shibori kit is very helpful for making the many tiny knots needed to create the circle designs found in the technique Kanoko Shibori and the larger circle designs in Hitta Shibori. It is also very useful in creating the cone of consecutive rings in the Tsuno Shibori design.
The tool is clamped to the table (clamp included) with the needle pointing upward. Cloth is hooked onto the pin and held taught while wrapping and tying. This pin can help manipulate the cloth in a myriad of ways.