Monday, July 15, 2013

Dyeing with Flowers

I wasn't planning of dyeing with these  gaillardia flowers yet but when my grandson went out to get the mail he came back in with his shirt filled with them, (picking them from around our mailbox). He was very proud of himself.

So, that night we laid out some wet wool cloth (pre mordanted with alum), placed the flowers on, rolled it up tightly and steamed it for a good hour. I left them in a zip lock bag with a heavy book on top of it for about 3 days.  

 I now have a new scarf for winter to wear with my wool jacket.

The flower print is a beautiful blue purple.

This year with all our rain and sunny weather all my flowers are doing wonderfully, my lavender plants are full and ready to be picked.

To all my local friends Saturday is a big Lavender festival at Cherry Point Farms in Shelby Mi. To find out more check out their web site or call me. See you there!


Anonymous said...

beautiful scarf!! Love how it turned out! Your grandsons are quickly learning your ways!! Deb C

Anonymous said...

I love how the red flowers gave you a purple flower print! Is it color fast? I need to find some of those to plant near my cedar. Beautiful!


Kathy -MIQuilter said...

Hi Deb and Windi, After dyeing, I Always wash my fabrics in the washing machine. I won't use them if their not going to keep their color, I put too much time in my quilts for the color to wash out.
I buy those flower plants at the Farmer's Market every summer, I keep adding them around the mailbox.

Peggy said...

Kathy, you've got the power, lady. Spectacular results! I'd love to meet up with you at the lavender festival. ;) I meant to comment last time I was here, those quilt blocks you worked on over the 4th are wonderful! xo

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