From left to right: Rue Seed Pods & Stems, Oregon Grape Berries, Hollyhock Flowers, Crocsmia Flowers, Fennel Flower/Seed Pods
In Victoria there was a window of high heat from the sun these past two years that created a perfect opportunity to dye with plant materials using solar energy. This year I used the pails pictured above for convenience and found that the glass is a higher heat that lasts even as the sun went down. I also found that dye in glass left more consistent absorption of dye into the material. .
Rue Seed Pods & Stems
The dye from the Rue plant parts creates a nice tan with yellow tones. I found infusing the plant in water under the suns solar heat takes a couple of days for the dye to emerge. Rue can be used as a repellent so I used the water to steer ants away from my front door and off my driveway after I was finished with the dye!
Oregon Grape Berries
I found the dye infusion was immediate with Oregon Grape Berries. To begin it was a beautiful purple that after a few days in the sun deepened into a navy blue shade.
The Hollyhock flowers create a beautiful shade of pink. I love being able to pick fresh flower heads to add to the dye pot to continue adding depth to the colour. This is one of the first plants I began infusing in water to create a dye.
This plant turns the dye water to a bright orange. However the dyed material turns a bright yellow with orange tones to it. This plant is also one of the first plants I experimented with.
Fennel Seed Pods & Stems
This plant creates a bright green with yellow tones. It takes a few dyes to infuse with water in the sun before the colour emerges for dyeing. One has to be patient.
Read more and see pictures of Hollyhock and Crocsmia plant dyes
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