After about a year of drought in the creative department, I am happy to say I feel a sense of surge of passion for dyeing and felting again! Here is a sneak peek of two eco-dyeing projects from yesterday. They’re still drying and will be washed and re-dryed to make sure there’s no mordant left before wearing, but I wanted to show you the results.
I used saved onion skins and various eucalyptus leaves from my garden.
This one is the silk scarf, still wet and just unbundled. The reds of the onion skins are showing well!
This one is a close up of the tee shirt – showing how well the eucalyptus leaves and onion skins have developed. I also love how there are dark patches with white lines, from the string I tied the bundle with!
Where did those days go? I’ve a few photos of results from the last couple of eco-dyeing batches, which I’ll list below.
Results of experiments dyeing calico and silk with brown onion skins in various mordants
Onion skin swatches of various mordants/material
Eco-printing alum mordanted calico with rusty nails, paprika, turmuric and fennel seeds
Paprika, turmeric, fennel seeds, rusty iron nails
Paprika, turmuric, fennel seeds in iron bath
Eco-printing calico with fresh eucalyptus leaves
Fresh eucalyptus leaf print, green
Experimenting with capsicum leaf – turned yellow/green and rosemary – turned pink
Capsicum leaf (yellow), rosemary leaves (pink)