It’s funny that I stumbled into this group a few days before I teach a class in feather working, porcupine quill embroidery, and drum making. I also do beadwork (if fact, a few years ago the Ohio Arts Council sponsored me to take on an apprentice so I could pass it on) I also make pine needle baskets, brain tan hides, (the only thing you should use for quillwork) leather work, gourd work, finger weaving (a little) Lately I have been intrested in playing with natural dyes for dying porqupine quills as I have 3 porqipine hides to pluck!
I teach a variety of different classes - so if anyone is having some trouble on any of their crafts, feel free to ask for advice . . . if it's something I don't know, I'm not the type to pretend I do.
A question I DO have for the group is - If any of you have played with natural dyes (I gather my own plants) do any of you know if using vinegar to "set" the color would have any unwanted effects on the end color? I know it can be used with commercial dyes, but I don't know if it's OK with natural home made dyes.
Thanks for your response and for offering your wisdom, knowledge and experience. That's awesome! I for one, will be emailing you in the case I have any questions or run into any snags :)
It's been a while since you posted the above. For myself, I am sorry it's taken so long. I have been on a hiatus from the computer and I have only been back for a short time. I wonder if you experimented with this and what were your results?
Look forward to hearing from you!
I have not experimented yet, but am now growing some of the plants needed for dye - I have to wait untill the blood root multiplies so I don't use it all.