Meet Kiyoshi 淳!
last week i set out to needle felt a bat with wings made with umbrella parts. his wings turned out better than i thought they would because they have a full range of motion despite the wool. when i was almost done felting him,i decided to try a cabbage dye to give him a blue-ish grey color.
FIRST i chopped up some pretty red cabbage
i let it boil for an hour and drained it. i didn’t want to use alum to set the dye, so i added vinegar to the cabbage water and the color instantly turned from a deep blue to a bright pink.
i added mr. batty.
he was very pink and looked very unhappy. i let him boil for 5 minutes.
‘mmm smell that cabbagey, wooly bat soup.
thankfully, once i rinsed him there was no smell cabbagey smell at all but he was drab – very drab.
not at all the pretty blue-grey that i was going for.
in order to save mr. batty from his drabness, i mixed blue raspberry kool aid and black cherry kool aid until i got a very deep blue. i closed my eyes, hoping this would help and not hinder mr. batty’s color situation, and dunked him in the pot of blue. i boiled him for about 20 minutes to let the dye set and woila! the perfect shade of muted purple i love it!
i hand dried him with a blow dryer so that the metal umbrella parts would dry quickly then i lightly needle felted him all over to tighten up the loose wool. this morning i made him some socks and freckles and gave him a name…
Kiyoshi which means the quiet one in Japanese.