Monday, July 23, 2007

Daylilies do the coolest things...

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 ...







OMG...BLUE! eeek!
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!

5 comments:

DancingTurtles said...

Rita - what great natural dyeing experiments. Are you going to write up your results in your newsletter/magazine? I would love to have the detailed instructions and pictures of various results using different mordants and flowers.

Thanks for your comments on my blog about my socks. I am now taking a break from socks by knitting two sweaters. Then it is back to more sock knitting for Christmas.

Anne

Jes said...

Oh those jars look so yummy!! Its like you have a whole row of mysterious potions. I cant wait to see the colors when theyre all done and dry. Your so creative!

Bobbie said...

OMG, I LUV the jars lined up on the porch rail! Please say you're writing this up to be published!

abe-hap said...

ying your jar dyeing - and today gathered a whole lot of wattle to see how it goes ;)

abe-hap said...

rita im thinking of trying your jar dyeing - and today gathered a whole lot of wattle to see how it goes ;)