Thursday, June 2, 2011

out of the dye-pot: pansy petals

Green is easy. Purple and blue are evading me.

This is the result of purple and blue pansy flower petals using the ice-flower dyeing method from Eco Colour. In the book, India Flint describes using black violas to obtain shades of blue. I guess my purples weren't dark enough to be considered black. Or maybe the yellow splotches on some of the petals are responsible for the green.


Even so, I'm happy with these lovely shades of green -- strips of silk organza, linen, cotton and wool -- but I'll definitely try again for blue using only the darkest petals.

Any advice?

6 comments:

deanna7trees said...

the colors are soft and lovely and i would have been very happy with your result. i made a bundle the other day with the leaves of a flower i don't know the name of. it's a 3-petaled deep purple leaf with a pink flower. the bundle looks very purple right now but i don't know if it will hold up to washing. it's the waiting that i have a problem with.

woman with wings said...

Thanks, Deanna -- I'll be curious about your dye bundle and what plant that is? I hope you post about it -- my curiosity is up since it's purple!

Marie said...

lovely dyed fabric. There is something about hand dyed fabric that makes it "divine" to stitch with. It just has a different texture.

woman with wings said...

Marie, you're right! I couldn't stay away from these. I'll definitely be doing more.

Deb G said...

I have a post about dyeing with pansies that I'm going to put up soon! Just waiting for one cloth to dry out a bit more for a picture. Mine is oh so green! I'm attributing the color to the aluminum pot I put the dye bath into. The cheese cloth that I used to squeeze the petals out with is a lovely periwinkle blue.

woman with wings said...

Deb, I'll be watching for your post! Will have to hurry to freeze more now cuz the temp's are rising -- in the 90s today -- and the pansies will keel over before long. Feels like it's too soon to be so hot.