We’ve been having more fun with plant dyes! All of the materials were pre-mordanted with Alum and Creme of Tartar so the color won’t wash out. The most fun part of it all was seeing the different colors the same dye created on cotton and wool.
A neighbor lost her beloved Black Walnut tree to a demented arborist so we decided to put the leaves to work before they headed back into the earth. The results were beautiful!
On wool yarn tied with rubber bands:
We walked over to another neighbors yard and volunteered to prune her purple-leafed plum tree. With those leaves in an old metal bucket heated on our rocket stove we got our biggest surprise. At first the dye was a gorgeous magenta and we thought we’d get a similar color.
Here is the resulting color combination:
More to come. I’m teaching 5 weeks of classes for kids this Summer. NATURE CRAFTS, HERBS FOR KIDS, NATURAL DYES, COOKING FROM THE GARDEN, URBAN HOMESTEADING. I’ll post the highlights as we go along.