Dyeing, Naturally

I took both the boys and three pairs of scissors out into the garden to cut marigold heads a few days ago. They had a blast trimming the flowers for me! Then I boiled the flowers down and added mordanted (with alum and cream of tartar) silk. I am THRILLED with the results:

I followed the directions in A Dyers Garden. I am loving working with flowers to dye things, and I can’t wait to try this process with cotton. Of course, the cellulose fiber will take the dye differently, and if things don’t work out favorably, I’m considering adding raw silk to the fabrics I use in my artworks and quilts. On the same afternoon that I dyed this silk, I also started another round of tea dyeing experiments. As always, I’ll keep you posted.

1 Response to “Dyeing, Naturally”

  1. October 21, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Hi, joie told me about your blog and I love it! I’ve been interested in learning about plant and mud dyes, as well–we have so many fascinating resources in our natural world, even beyond habitat, food, and medicine . . .

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