Thursday, September 23, 2010

Black-eyed Susan & Magnolia Pod dye

Yesterday while the walnut dye was boiling I collected the dead centers of the Black-eyed Susans from my garden.  (I left the purple-cone flowers since the gold finch have been feasting on these)  Today I boiled them along with some dried magnolia pods.   Warmed up black-eyed susans smell absolutely wonderful,  sort of like a strong sweet chamomile tea.

I left the flower heads, loose seeds and magnolia pods in the dye when pouring it over the cloth to be dyed.  Like I mentioned before. I like the look of the added texture. Some of the cloth I pole wrapped, one I twisted copper around as a mordant, some I tied in knots, and one I lay pods and flower heads on and rolled these up inside the cloth and then placed in jars.  I will let these sit in the sun a couple of weeks.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Delores!
    I LOVE natural dyed things! I can remember my art teacher in school telling me she made the most amazing Robin egg blue color with red cabbage! go figure!
    Wonderful blog and ideas!
    I wanted to drop in and let you know that your in the hat for my fairie drawing and to thank you for participating in my fun!
    Have a wonderful Friday!