A little knowledge is a dangerous thing, or sometimes just enough to incite passion and curiosity… After a workshop at MOP with Emily and Penny, I felt enabled to go off and try some stuff on my own. the big thing with natural dyes: don’t use your cooking pots, spoons etc, as some things may be posionous! mark your dye pots, storage jars and spoons so they don’t get used inadvertantly.
strain dye bath after a few hours of simmering, I used old beehive screens. strained dye was put in glass or plastic containers with dye materials from the pre-mordant bath and left for several days, in the sun is best… the key is experiment and see what happens!
results! pink and reds are begonias, and the blue is perilla nankinensis laciniata done by Emily Smith. notice in the photo how well both blackberry skiens and ivy hold dye! Very exciting possibilities here….