Monday, 13 June 2016

Solar Dyeing

This is the first time I have used Picasa to create a photo collage. I hope it is easier next time!

Over the last two summers I have used flower heads and leaves from our garden, as well as some from friends' to experiment with natural dyeing.
Dyeing the traditional way with dye plants or extracts takes some time. This is perhaps a little more hit and miss but non the less interesting and exciting.
I now grow woad, the leaves of which produced the salmon fibre on the left. A pleasing result!
This summer I have collected eucalyptus leaves (top left) from around Cranleigh School's cricket pitch and I am hoping for a port wine red or rich brown .

More to come on this topic as this years 'gatherings' develop!

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