Wednesday, June 27, 2012

out of the dye-pot: blue larkspur

Unrolling a dye bundle is such a pleasure, especially when you can tell from the outside that something has indeed happened. I started this project a few weeks ago -- the first photo shows the bundle that had been soaked with vinegar and placed an air-tight container the whole time.


The other bundle (below) was frozen, then immersed in warm water. Well, nothing happened, like in regular ice-flower dyeing -- so I decided to steam it in a stainless steel pot for 20 minutes and let it dry out each time, doing this several times over several days.


This was more like it!


Now that the silk has dried, I can see the color transferred beautifully on both, but the steaming distributed the color more deeply and evenly. The vinegar silk is on the left, steamed on the right. I'm in no hurry to use them, so won't wash either one for a few months to allow the color to set.

Blue larkspur silk -- how about that? 


11 comments:

liniecat said...

Such soft shades.......beautiful!

woman with wings said...

Lyn, thanks, I never dreamt it would take this well. Of course, it hasn't been washed yet. ;-)

deanna7trees said...

lovely...has a hint of periwinkle.

Jeannie said...

Gorgeous! Thank you for telling me the process. I have been saving my "precious" delphinium petals. I actually got them to bloom this year. A good indication of how cool and damp this summer has been in our part of the desert. Enjoy your cloth!

Ms. said...

fascinating process---makes me wish for a field of larkspur to wander in!

handstories said...

how about that! beautiful. are those ridges part of the permanent markings, too?

Notjustnat said...

Fantastic result Peggy. It's great to getting something blue (not indigo blue). Enjoy Nat

Nancy said...

So soft and beautiful!

Mugdha said...

I love the bluey lilac it has come up with. Pretty!

Mo'a said...

Larkspur is on my plant wish list. I have a small flower garden that is growing little by little...some day it will be big and grown up.
I love what you do with dyes...this cloth turned out beautifully. Patience has it's virtues :)

Peggy said...

Thanks everyone for all your kind words!

For some reason, larkspur is nearly a weed here, it self-sows so freely. I've always liked it and now even more so.

Hope you are able to get color from it, too, wherever you live. xo