I have to approach dyeing as casually as possible, or I don’t do it because it seems too overwhelming.
The setup here was a collection of pint-size glass jars, some extracts and a bit of plant matter (coreopsis flowers and goldenrod).
The fabric was a length of natural-colored raw silk from Dharma Trading, torn into strips.
I prepared some baths in each jar using hot water and extracts of logwood, madder, and walnut. Maybe a sprinkle of alum powder? Then I simply scrunched the fabrics into balls and inserted them into the jars. Left for as long as possible, certainly overnight, or even longer if I can manage to forget about them.
I love the colors fresh from the pot, wet bright and beautiful. And they coordinate so beautifully. These are destined to fade as they dry.
- Light purple – logwood extract
- Pinkish red – madder extract
- Orange shibori – coreopsis from the garden
- Very light brown – walnut extract
- Very light green – goldenrod from the garden