Here are a few examples of cotton dyed with plants from the front and back yard!
Looking at the photo’s you may notice that some of these plants and material where dyed using solar power! It’s fun and easy, simply put plants in a jar, fill with water, add the material and put the lid on. Let it rest until for up to 4 or 4 days, if you can!
Once the material was taken out of the dye bath and hung to dry I didn’t want to throw the dye and plant material in the compost. Longing to capture some of its beauty I made plant fiber paper from it!
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The garden plants & weeds used with dyed cotton
Bamboo – Leaves
Light shade of sage green
In this dye bath the bamboo leaves where brought to a boil and simmer with the cotton for a time and left for 24 hours. More leaves where added and it was re-heated. This was left for another 24 hours. For future bamboo dye baths I would choose using solar and continue this process to achieve darker colours.
Bamboo – Stalks
Yellow highlighted pale shade of green!
In this dye bath the bamboo stalks where brought to a boil and simmer with the cotton for a time and left for 24 hours. More leaves where added and it was re-heated. This was left for another 48 hours. For future bamboo dye baths I would choose using solar and continue this process to achieve darker colours.
Butterfly Tree – Flowers
Rich Shade of yellow!
One can use fresh or dried flowers.
Butterfly Tree – Leaves & Stems
Bright Pale sunshine yellow!
Bright Shade of Pink with purple highlights!
Maple – Pacific Northwest (red stems, purple & green sided leaves)
Pale Green with blue highlights!
Thistle – Leaves
Warm shade of yellow!
Yellow Dock – Leaves & Seeds (that have turned red)
Deep warm yellow!
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