Eco-Dyeing

Eco-dyeing with local windfall plants is a fun way of getting natural colours in fibre without the use of chemicals.  It is interesting and amazing to see what emerges from the pot.  If left outside in the weather for an undetermined length of time, the results are always a surprise.

This a concoction of pomegranate, maple leaves, marigolds in an Aussie tin billy can (usually used for boiling water on an open fire when camping).  The fibres are raw silk, corriedale roving, tussah silk and some linen.

This one is a cast iron camp oven and the contents look decidedly unpleasant.  Acacia leaves, wrapped linen cloth around liquid amber pods and some corriedale roving.  Not sure how this is going to turn out.  It looks like sludge, but smells rather pleasant due to the native leaves.

Will let you know how these turn out.

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8 Responses to Eco-Dyeing

  1. Can’t wait to see the cloth!

  2. Nancy says:

    My purple cabbage dye pot went from looking pretty and purplily to looking awful and smelling worse! Ha!

    • Ingrid says:

      The downside of eco-dyeing is the odour – much family grumbling. Eucalyptus is quite pleasant and clears the head! Look forward to seeing how the cabbage turns out.

  3. michal says:

    Hello and welcome to blogging!
    Indeed a fun and scary thing to do, at once.
    I am very interested in the different plants and materials you use, and have no idea what “liquid amber pods and some corriedale roving” are.
    Could you explain or show?
    thanks!
    michal

  4. Ingrid says:

    Corriedale is a medium cross-breed of sheep with a fine soft fleece. It is not as fine as Merino fleece but beautiful to spin with the wool being used for anything from blankets to socks. Not the best choice for next to skin wear (other than socks). Roving is a continuous rope of carded fibre for spinning, I am not a great teacher but may put in a quick post with photos for clarification soon. The liquid amber is a deciduous tree that drops very spikey balls in autumn (fall). You can see one in “Out of the Mire” post, adjacent to the leaves.

  5. Andra Hepler says:

    welcome to blogland! Your entry are already interesting and I will be back.
    Smiles, Andra

  6. michal says:

    Thanks so much Ingrid.
    Apart from everything – I like to satisfy my curiosity! 🙂
    michal

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