Thursday, August 16, 2007

I've been playing with natural dyes off and on for a year, and now I'm going to get serious about it, and make some for sale. These were dyed August 12th (new moon!) - the rich gold ones were pot-dyed with onion skins and copper mordant, and the blue ones are from my neighbor's certified organic purple basil plants, with alum mordant. Aren't they awesome?!?!

This one is dyed with RUST! The advantage (i guess?) of having an old farm, is that you constantly find rusty stuff! So I've taken advantage of this, and used the interesting rusty stuff we find to make gorgeous, rust-dyed scarves and hankies. This one is displayed on an old John Deere seeder we found on our farm!


Blogger Mia said...

I would never have thought to try dyeing with basil plants. I have heard of using rust before. I love the colors you achieved.

11:29 AM  
Blogger Knittymama said...

Those are gorgeous!!!! Man, I wish I had time to do some dying!

9:00 AM  
Blogger girlwithasword said...

Last year when I dyed with purple basil, I got more of a steel-grey color...this year, it's firmly blue (so far). The intereting thing about natural dyeing is how much it changes!

8:34 AM  

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