After waiting for the scarves to cool, I unwrapped them, picked off the leaves, hung them out to dry – and then rinsed them in water with splash of vinegar (silk likes that) and finally ironed them dry.
Although the kale didn’t make any difference as far as I could see, the tea leaves left nice golden brown marks along the scarf, and the ends that were on the outside of the bundle, where they touched the rusty mozzie coil holder, had turned dark grey. The effect is very pleasing:
I really like how this one turned out. While the sage leaves didn’t really leave any colour, they did act as pale resists in some places. However, the roibus created some vivid russet marking and the black tea produced grey.
Where the dye-bath (tea, rusty iron, alum) saturated the material, it stained it a lovely dark grey-black. There is a pattern that repeats, showing how it was folded, and the bull dog clips acted as strong resists that left clear marks on the background.
This scarf has given me the confidence to experiment further with different dye-baths, and eco-print materials and mordants!