Shades of Rosemary.
Discovering textile possibilities.
Subtle shades on linen
Mallow flower dye test, on some silk and linen.
It’s holding its colour after washing.
But I will test it again and again to be sure.
The colour mauve is named after the french name for the plant species.
Fresh fallen flowers versus dried flowers of Crocosmia and a small dyed linen sample.
As I wrote before, I only harvest flowers which are ready to fall on the ground to not disturb the forming of seeds.
The alternative name is Montbretia. The genus name is derived from the Greek word ‘krokos’, meaning ‘saffron’ and ‘osme’ meaning ‘odor’, from the dried leaves emiting a strong smell like that of saffron when immersed in water (wikipedia).
The leaves can also be used in basketry,
Again, dyed with Crocosmia. Shades of gold.
On a cold and stormy day, I let the sunshine in.
The sun shine in-in.
Some shades of pink, yellow and orange
Testing some of my ‘inks’ on linen to see if they ‘hold’ . Washed with soap and dried in the sun. So far so good.
Made with flowers, fruit, barks or root only.
I’m seing new possibilities here, like ‘painting’ on plant-fiber textiles for instance.
I will tell more about it later.
I dyed some linen samples black and white. I know, it’s not really dark black and why should you dye white linen white and is that even possible?
I was inspired by the renowned quilt artist, Yoshiko Jinzenji (please google her if you don’t know her work). She discovered this special dye technique using green bamboo to dye cloth in a shiny white shade. She says: “the white color produced from natural plants features a sence of depth and weight that is unlike any white color produced from chemical dyes.”
So I experimented with some green bamboo from my garden and I can definitely say that the white color obtained is different from the white of the linen cloth. Interesting isn’t it? I will certainly try it again and this time I will not leave the cloth in the bamboo soup and forget about it for a month, that’s why there are some mould spots on it. I’m going to try it with natural colored linen too.
The ‘black’ color is from the gypsywort also called European bugleweed – Lycopus europaeus.
No mordants or metallic modifiers were used during the making of these dyes.