Thursday, 6 October 2011

Ecodyeing Clothes

Merino clothing dyes particularly well, being a protein fibre.  No mordants were used.  This started life as a cream coloured merino long sleeved singlet.  I laid it out flat and dry, placed Silver Dollar Gum leaves and onion skins on one side and rolled it around a nice river stone and bound it with wool..





And this is the back.  I really like the dark stripe at the bottom with the tying marks.


This is the short sleeve version, slightly more open weave, stretchier fabric but still merino.   This had gum leaves laid onto it, however the pot was full of mexican daisy leaves which usually give off a green colour but mixed with the gum leaves gives off a greeny brown.  You can see what I mean on the back......



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9 comments:

  1. Gorgeous colours. I love natural dyes, a couple of my friends do this and its fascinating.

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  2. Stunning! Love them and hearing about the process. Fascinating! Is that really your house up the top pic? I am intrigued and got my cuppa ready to read a bit more.

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  3. Hi Cassandra, yes it is! You can read more about it under the side headings futuro. Good luck with your house. Regards Jacqui

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  4. Hi Tess. Thanks for stopping by, love your jewellery.

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  5. Hi Trudi thanks for stopping by. Regards JAcqui

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  6. HI NorraSud thanks for stopping by

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  7. That is amazing! It's a beautiful skill to have. Well done.

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