Mustard Week Part II

Here is my second piece using the mustard weed as the primary dye.  I used yesterday’s dye mixture combined with a bit more “fresh” mustard weed.  I believe the more muted, butterscotch color may have been a result of using this diluted mixture, or perhaps it’s due to the different fabric that I used today (100% cotton), but you never know, right?

Itajime with mustard weed and lavender
Itajime with mustard weed and lavender

I reversed the dyeing process here, first dyeing the entire piece with lavender before “bleaching” it with soda ash, then overdyeing with the mustard.

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Brett Barker

Brett Barker is a painter, textile artist, art/design instructor, and writer whose career spans more than 25 years. Originally from New Mexico, she now resides in Redondo Beach, California. She has taught fine art, artistic design, and textile design to numerous individuals, art guilds, and organizations throughout the U.S. She has a Master's Degree in Art Education from the University of Nebraska. Her artwork sells throughout the U.S. and is available on her website, She is currently undertaking a year-long investigation of Japanese shibori dyeing that will culminate in a trip to Japan to study under a master shibori artist in September of 2016. Her shibori blog can be found at Her surface and textile designs can be found at

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