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Update on Current Things.

I’m currently busy preparing for the European Textile Forum – which mainly means writing lists, writing even more lists, and dragging things into heaps according to the lists to minimise the risk of my forgetting some crucial tool or material.

Also – last-minute ordering of things I’ve run out of, or that will be necessary. We will be doing another run of the Pompeii dyeing experiment (looking at the influence of metal kettles on the dyeing outcome), as we’ve found somebody willing to do an analysis of the mordanting and dyeing liquids to see how much metal ions are in them, so I’ve harvested birch leaves (currently residing in the freezer), and I will need to make sure we have enough yarn, fabric, and alum for the dyeing experiment.

And on top of all this, I should actually be sitting down, finalising my bits of presentation. Which includes having my tablet weaving test band set up so I can use it at the Forum. Fortunately, the warp is already done, so I only need to get some initial wefts in. I have a few additional plans for that test warp, though (and you will hear about this soon), and if I can in some way manage, I want to do the associated weaving before the Forum too.

Can someone hand me an extra day, maybe, please? Or two?

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2 Responses to Update on Current Things.

  1. Riia Chmielowski says:

    Oh, the analysis of the dying liquid sounds interesting, I will look forward to hearing the results on that. Will you be checking the liquid both before and after dying to compare how it has changed?

    • shopadmin says:

      We’ll only test after dyeing, but since there’s a reference with no metal plates added at any stage, we will have a comparison as well.
      But adding another reference is a good idea – we can draw a small sample of the dyeing liquid after preparation that does not go into contact with wool, too, for analysis. Thank you!

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