Natural Dyeing Day

My local group met today at my house and we did some natural dyeing and eco-printing. Luckily, we had a sunny day and it didn’t get too cold until later in the afternoon.

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAFirst we bundled up a bunch of paper with leaves, tied up the packages in cardboard and started steaming the paper.

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAThen we made a bunch of different dye pots – this one was with onion skins.

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAThis one was walnut dye.

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERABarberry seeds and leaves went into this pot.

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAI poured about half a bottle of Turmeric into this pot.

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAThis one has eucalyptus leaves. These aren’t the fresh kind so we weren’t sure what they would do.

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAAnd then we had some synthetic indigo.

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAWe soaked the leaves and the silk and wool in vinegar water.

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAThen we started putting leaves over the fabric. This is a piece of silk that I had started. I added a lot more after this photo.

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAThis one is Louise’s scarf laid out and ready to roll up into a bundle.

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAHere are the pots all cooking away on their little stoves.

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAHere’s the indigo pot with some fabric put in and soaking. I’m not sure we followed the directions properly on this but we got blue so I guess that is good enough.

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAA couple of the cook stoves didn’t work properly so I took a few pots inside and used the stove. This is the Turmeric one cooking.

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAAnd the eucalyptus one behind it.

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAHere’s the only finished items I have to show you. This is wool thread that I put into various pots. The dark blue and light blue are both indigo. The deep reddish-brown is onion skins, the yellowish one is turmeric and the green one is from the barberry. The colors are wonderful and I like them all. I’ll show you some more fabric and the eco-prints once they are done. The eco-prints need to sit for another couple of weeks so we’ll have to wait to see how they came out. Remember, patience is a virtue.