May 26, 2007

Sunflower yarn + calendars + dyeing pork

I spun the sunflower-dyed fiber last night and it is really pretty! Check it out, posing with the peonies that just opened:

Download a desktop of this image: 800 x 600 | 1024 x 768 | 1600 x 1200

The color seems even stronger when the yarn is “distilled” down from the fluff stage. The rest of my Friday afternoon and most of today was spent trying to integrate a standalone calendar application into my new shop’s website. Finally, I got it working (breathing major sigh of relief).

My boyfriend spent his afternoon with the Ten Minute Cooking School featurette at the end of Robert Rodriguez’s Once Upon A Time In Mexico DVD, making cochinita pibil (recipe link). Given that he doesn’t cook much, this was a fairly ambitious undertaking. I had to hunt down banana leaves, fresh annatto and lots of other fun stuff for him during the week, not to mention buy a new blender and spice grinder.

How does this relate to dyeing? (because it does, grasshopper, it does!)

Annatto (bixa orellana), also known as achiote, bixa or uruku, is a natural red dye. Several Aveda products use annatto as a red colorant, including lipstick and color maintenance products for red hair, sourced from the Brazilian rainforest-native Yawanawa tribe. Some even call it “the lipstick tree.”

Long story short: not much went into the pork, so I think I’m going to have another dye experiment this week. If you’d like to play along, annatto is easy to find in well-stocked Mexican or Central American grocery stores (it was labeled ‘achiote’). It will stain your hands and countertops something fierce, too, so put down plastic or newspapers.

Tagged with: ,


Comments & Reviews

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *