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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Colouring with Nature




Over recent days I have been working on this project and enjoying different processes.
I have incorporated some different dyeing methods from India Flints book that I posted about last week. I loved the ice-flower dyes.
This is may test your patience but I found it was worth trying and worth the wait of a few days.  The colours can be rather beautiful and it is very interesting to watch as the process develops on your windowsill or other sunny spot. Cold bundled eco-prints produced some lovely clear prints from my rose leaves.
Overdyeing the lace and fabric gave a variety of colourings which you can see in the photos.
I used agapanthus flowers, onion peelings and the green colouring is from the rose leaves

This is the book where I learned about the dyeing processes typed in italics.   Eco Colour: Botanical Dyes for Beautiful Textiles

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4 comments:

  1. I read and read your post and still have no idea how did you managed to get the rose leaf and stem on the material .I am amazed Liz

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  2. You are producing such lovely effects. Keep sharing your experiments

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  3. Thanks for your interest. I am new at this game. India Flints book Eco Colour has helped
    me a lot.
    I gather the rose leaves and make sure they are clean. Lay them face down on natural fabric. I used old white sheeting. Roll up into a firm bundle. Secure with fabric ties/rubber bands or whatever. Steam over a pot used specifically for dyeing. I steam bundles for about an hour and leave to cool. Unwrap and enjoy the results.

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  4. ......and after all that, I forgot to mention mordants! Some other time.

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