when used in dyeing! YAY. so today my bump of silk arrived and i mordanted some and am now dyeing it in various flower dyes. OMG, I love dyeing, i love silk...eeek.
so, I'm putting alum-premordanted, wet, unrinsed silk and it did the totally coolest thing. Here's pics!
Here you can see the dye without the silk in it...bright red-wine kind of red! PRETTY!!!
Now, I put in the silk and ...
More and more and more blue as the pH changes to basic!
It changes gradually until it is all somewhat of a blue-purple!
Here's all the newest silk...on the right we have the jar of red-daylily dye turning blue, then the orange-y yellow coreopsis, then hollyhocks, then rose (don't know if that will do anything!), then petunias, then another daylily jar already turned all the way blue! YAY...Can't wait to see how they turn out. Plus i went and got stuff to try iron and copper mordant as well! HEHHEHEHE!