Friday, September 16, 2011

out of the dye-pot: red amaranth

The red amaranth solar dyeing seems to have been successful after more than a month outside in the sun. Yes, that's right -- more than a month. It's a pretty big deal for me to hold out that long.

Within minutes of being exposed to air, the cloth began to darken -- I assume it was a reaction from the rusty iron bolt in the center of the bundle. In those same few moments, one of the pups scooped it up and had it halfway unrolled, it smelled so wonderful, you know.





I see a lot of potential for this little cloth. As a tree trunk or for a stone effect. The speckled areas might be nice for feathers or a beast. Or nine-patched. What will it be? Come to think of it, what will I be?

Happy weekending. xo

14 comments:

Els said...

Ha Peggy, love the amarant, such special flowers, but the "slush" that remains √°fter the dyeing ....
Interesting prints on the cloth (will find it's way to some stitching piece ;-) ...)

deanna7trees said...

fabulous print. so many possibilities.

Cindy said...

I just have to find something in my yard to dye some mohair! What will it be??

Tauja @ Simply Mod Mom said...

What a neat idea!? I've never seen this before-but it definitely looks like something I'd like to try!

Thanks for popping by my blog! Have a great weekend!!

woman with wings said...

Els & Deanna, thanks, it's going to be fun to find uses for this very unusual (for me) cloth. There was a time when I would've thought it a stained rag and thrown it away! How things change....

woman with wings said...

Cindy, what color would you like the mohair to be? Maybe it's right there in front of you!

woman with wings said...

Tauja, thanks for coming by -- eco-dyeing is great fun and makes use out of plant matter that normally goes unused and, in some cases, helps save stained clothing that would turn into rags. Happy weekend to you!

Deb G said...

Wow! Okay, I'm trying the amaranth again. And I will be patient. And find those iron shavings my dad gave me....

handstories said...

a month! i'm trying to make it to a week! it turned out fabulous!

Jeannie said...

I also have a hard time not peeking after a few days, but your cloth has inspired me to be patient. Gorgeous markings on the cloth. Keep having fun!

Trish said...

That is stunning, so natural. I love it.x

woman with wings said...

Deb, it's worth another go -- I really wonder now what would've happened without the iron -- would it have stayed red? I may do a boiled bundle before the weather gets too nippy.

woman with wings said...

Hi Cindy & Jeannie! Well, since it was solar-dyed, it had to be quite a long time...and it was out of sight being outside and all. In the house is a different matter, I pick up the bundles in their plastic bags and squeeze 'em or drip a little vinegar on, etc. -- just can't leave the things alone! Of course, I don't write any of it down. My goal is a dye journal.

woman with wings said...

Trish, thank you so much -- its destiny is yet to be determined!