Time Out for Natural Dyeing

There are always lots of projects beconning to me. One that hasn’t had any up close and personal time lately is natural dyeing. I told myself I need to use the dyed fabric from last year so I would walk by the dye studio and wistfully whisper …next year. But then the flowers and leaves are ending their cycle for the year and I caved in to the magic of nature. It had to be now or way too much later.

I don’t chase a perfect leaf imprint like many natural/eco print artists do. If they happen amid the marbling of color created during the process, that’s a bonus.

Ready to rinse out to see if the color stays.
Ready to rinse out to see if the color stays.
Rayon scarf with dogwood, smoke tree and marigolds
Rayon scarf with dogwood, smoke tree and marigolds
 Habatoi scarf wrapped around black locust pods. The rusty red was extracted from the pods. A pleasant surprise.
Habatoi scarf wrapped around black locust pods. The rusty red was extracted from the pods. A pleasant surprise.
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2 thoughts on “Time Out for Natural Dyeing

  1. Just enjoy it Janis. I have a water softener and your water will change everything! The shawl is a do-over so no additional mordant after the initial alum and iron. The marigolds added nice drops of color. The silk scarves don’t have a mordant and the black locust pods were a surprise of color. Prints would have been nice, but i am always drawn to the natural marbling.

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