Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Snow dyeing with flowers

Last week we had our first snowfall, our grandsons love, love playing out in the snow, the youngest especially loves making snowmen. His first this year is a trio of tiny ones in the back of grandpa's work truck.

As I was out photographing him I remembered my winter pansies that were in full bloom before the snow came,

I dug down to them, picked the flowers and tried snow dyeing with them.

I read about this technique from India Flint's book Eco Colour.
She freezes her blue/purple flowers in the freezer before dyeing with them.

I rolled them up in wet wool mordanted with alum, tied a string around the wool and left them in a plastic bag for 6 days.

After washing and drying the wool this is the results.
I think I should have lightly steamed the wool as there was a lot of dye left in the flowers, the color may have been a lot darker.
I won't use this fabric for quilting for quite awhile until I see how the color holds.

One interesting thing is the cotton string (mordanted with alum) grabbed the color too. I don't usually have the greatest luck with cotton.

And a few days after the snowfall, here we are again back to Autumn with no snow in  sight.

1 comment:

Peggy said...

Wow, it turned out great. I've frozen the petals and dyed as directed in the book, but what a good idea to go out and collect frozen material right off the plants!

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