One thing I've learned is that a cotton blouse can stand after a soy milk pre-mordant soak. It was stiff as cardboard! I've also learned that I don't really care for the color (on me) this variety of eucalyptus produced -- I was hoping for colors more like Deanna's blouse here. It's cured for almost two months now and if anything has gotten brighter -- or that could be my imagination.
Now I'm thinking about rolling it up and soaking it in the oak leaf/lightning water dye-pot outside. There's one bundle in it already that looks hopeful. Or.....has anyone figured out a post-mordant or another over-dyeing process for eucalyptus? I've looked in India Flint's Eco Colour to no avail, but I might have missed it.
The honeybees are active on warm days. They take their cleansing flights, clean house by pushing out the dead bodies, and drink and drink the sugar water and essential oil mixture I make them. Their house still has its cozy on -- a big roofing bag filled with insulation under a space blanket -- with bags of leaves stacked around. It's a good thing, too, because we've got a winter storm watch in effect tonight and tomorrow.
Thanks for coming by and for any advice about the dyeing dilemma. And happy weekending! xo