Wednesday, May 18, 2011

ice berry dyeing

I was all set to do some ice flower dyeing to achieve a bluish-purple color. But the frozen purple petunias had somehow disappeared from the freezer. Now how does that happen, anyway? The best I could do was run out into the rain and pick all the pansies with blue or purple petals, get them into the freezer asap, and then start a countdown of at least 24 hours. But I was too antsy to wait, plus everything was ready to go, so I grabbed some frozen elderberries meant for syrup and did a little ice berry dyeing instead.

Frozen elderberries placed in warm water.

Cloth immersed in dye-bath for 48 hours, stirred occasionally. Alum was the mordant.
       
Hung to dry.

Left to right: Linen, silk shantung, silk organza and wool.

These photos are straight off the camera with no tweaking at all. Purplish-pinkish, with a watercolor effect on the linen and wool. I've ironed these, but haven't washed them. Don't know that I will, actually.


10 comments:

liniecat said...

Yummy scrummy!

woman with wings said...

Hi Lyn, I like that -- yummy scrummy!

Marie said...

Wow! Love the colors. Beautiful!
What will the fabric become?
Can't wait to see....
:)

cristina said...

serious? that is all you do?
pick, freezer, boil, dye?
how many flowers does it take?
Beautiful!

woman with wings said...

Marie, thanks -- not sure yet about how I'll use it . . . sort of stash-building, I guess!

woman with wings said...

Cristina -- thanks -- yes, you just need about 1 or 2 cups of frozen petals, then drop them in warm water and smoosh around, then mix in mordant, then immerse the presoaked cloth and let it soak. And that's it. No boiling even! From India Flint's book on dyeing.

Deb G said...

I have a container of pansies I have been saving. Love the lines that run across the fabric.

woman with wings said...

Deb, I remember you writing blue pansies were fantastic, way back when! The lines are the main reason I'm not washing these yet, I don't want to lose them.

Nancy said...

These are amazing! So beautiful...love the colors.

woman with wings said...

Nancy, thanks -- so fun to see what color the plant world comes up with next!