Friday, 1 August 2014

Some more results from our fun day.

Rose leaves and fushia flowers in silk

Top wallflowers and onion skins, left wallflowers in copper bath
right euculyptus print overdyed with wallflowers in copper bath

detail wallflowers on silk

detail euculytus overdyed with wallflowers on silk

all of the above metal objects bundled with day lilies in wool
Not bad results from the bundling, very pleased with the wallflowers, you can't really see the full effect from the photos, these have not been washed yet but if the colour holds I think my flowerbeds may be full of wallflowers next year. These were frozen, the original colour was a very dark red, which turned purple when bundled and predominately green when cooked, interesting.
and some rust dyeing as well


houses and a moon?
One rusty piece is still in the garden, the cloth was soaked in salt water and then brushed with tea once bound up, put in a plastic bag and left outside for a week. They have all been hand washed, even the paper, Khadi paper is very strong.
These are odd small remnants of cotton.


  1. there is a delicacy in these flower colours contrasting with the wildness of the rust

    1. Yes very much so, I love the subtle colours you can acheive with natural dyeing.

  2. I love the rust 'buttons'!

    Why did you abandon wordpress? I am really fed up over there.

    1. Hi Dee, thanks. I just found blogger easier to use, I am not so good at technology. It has the odd problem but overall works just fine.

  3. lovely results - I'm going to the beach later today to collect some seawater - actually maybe I should just take my cotton fabrics with me and soak them for half an hour in the rock pools - that way I can wander and scavenge for a bit.

  4. We live on an estuary with a very long tide so the sea often isn't there, my water was just ordinary with salt added, even more fun to do it on the beach.