The Iris flowers have been both enormous and plentiful this Spring. Boiled some of the yellow flowers, strained off the vegetation, added raw clean wool and a few eucalyptus leaves into the mix – just to see if any colour would imprint on the wool without boiling them first – and left pot outside to “cook” in the sun. Not sure about this – the solution looks a little weak.
With the expectation of hot sunny days, it seemed too good to waste those solar rays, and with commercial product that needs to be used, I placed two trays of dark grey merino fleece (washed) basking in the sun, one with red dye and one with blue.
I divided the exhaust liquor from the red/grey merino into three jars, placed 3 different silks into each jar. From left to right – mulberry silk, silk waste and tussah silk and left them outside with the natural dyepot.
NB – The sun has been playing hide and seek for the last four days. However, the silk has probably taken up as much of the dye as it is likely too, so the plan is to take them out tomorrow, rinse and (hoping for better weather) to dry them.