Tuesday, July 19, 2011
solar dyeing (now with less solar)
well okay, not no solar. but i have probably mentioned once or twice (and feel free to tell me to shut up) that our summer has been kind of lacking in the sun and heat department. so while i started this dye bundle in the sunshine, and finished it there too, much of in between was grey days and rain. and yet...
on impulse after reading margie's article in the newest issue of b.a.h. magazine, i decided to start my own dye bundle with assorted plant materials from the yard, mainly dandelion heads and those purple bellflowers. laid out on white linen and wrapped up into a tidy bundle with some wool yarn, i plunked it into a jar full of water (with a bit of alum in) and set it on the bench outside. and let it sit for about nine days. what came out was a mainly greenish fabric with pleasing splotches of saturated yellow, bright green and a bit of blue here and there.
have you done any dyeing like this?