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.
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!