Katazome Snippets for Free, Pasque Flower

I would like to offer a few free Katazome snippets from my previous experiments. Toss it in your fabric scrap stash, add a small bit to your exquisite quilt, embellish it, sprinkle water droplets on it to see how the soy sizing acts as a kind of scotch-guarding, put a patch on your denim motorcycle jacket, etc. Please email me with your mailing address and I’ll send a sample to the first 5 people who respond. It will go out in the mail on Monday April 20 after I return from a brief vacation down river!

We were surprised to come across this beautiful pasque flower on our evening walk at Lake Como. The City of St. Paul and the regional water district folks have been improving the shoreline since we moved in almost 12 years ago . There is a show of blooming and ripening plants, mostly perennials native to the “edge of the prairie,” from mid-April through mid-October.

Pasque Flower

Katazome Samples

I washed the rice paste out of my sample, and here are the results, along with a couple of photos from my Sunday walk through Reservoir Woods. With this process, there is virtually no pigment wash out. Amazing. I will go ahead and use this fabric for my next project. The soy milk, used before dyeing as a sizing and then as a binder with the (pigment) dyes, gives the fabric more body and makes it easier to iron when it wrinkles.