THIS time I was playing with the remnants of my beautiful Mothers Day bouquet :) It had lots of gorgeous lilies and roses.. The roses faded first, and unfortunately I had thrown most of them away before thinking of dyeing with them (duh). I only thought of it after wiping pollen from the lilies off my window sill ... it reminded me of India Flints book Second Skin (LOVELY book!) she has a piece of silk dyed with lily stamens in there.
So, I left my last rose hidden away at the back of the vase until the lilies were done.. and then I chopped 'em all up :)
I decided to do 2 strips of white habotai/china silk. One of them just wrapped around a stone, the other around a rusted 'cog' found on a Dorset beach a couple of years ago.
|On the strip wound round a stone I laid lily petals as well as stamens|
|Bundling it around a stone|
|Tied up nice and tight|
|Ready for the pot|
I 'cooked' them for about an hour in vinegar and water, then left them in the pot over night.
|This is how it looked when I took the lid off..|
this is when it gets exciting - unbundling and seeing if it worked
|Lovely windy day.. took only 10 minutes to dry :)|
|This is my favourite piece.. I LOVE the dark iron marks. You can't see it on the photo but|
there are some nice - though faint - rose leaf prints. I didn't have many stamens on this piece.
|The petals left no marks, and I didn't get much from the stamens on this one (and there were quite a lot on). |
The iron in the water left its mark on the parts which weren't touching the bottom of the pan
I was surprised at how little yellow I got on the silk.. look at what it did to my table as I unbundled them!!
|Took a good 20 minuted scrubbing and bleaching to get these buggers to fade!|
Lesson for next time: Unwrap on an old towel!
I've got a long way to go yet with this eco dyeing.. but it's definitely progress. And the hunt is now on for more rusty bits n pieces.. and the ever elusive eucalyptus tree :)