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)
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:
Scarf over-dyed with tea on eucalyptus dyed silk. Dark grey spots from rust.
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.
Scarf dyed with tea, roibus, iron, rust and alum
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.
Scarf freshly unbundled, before ironing showing repeating pattern created by folding material pre-dyeing.
This scarf has given me the confidence to experiment further with different dye-baths, and eco-print materials and mordants!