A quick peek at what's been in the dye jars lately.
|l to r - undyed, carrots, parsley, pomegranate|
Last week I harvested the last of the parsley that had made it through snow and freezing temps. Hardy stuff, that parsley. I had made a parsley salad but there was so much parsley left over that I had to try dyeing with it. I mordanted the wool with alum and I was suprised to pull a bright pale yellow from the vat.
Next up was pomegranate. This wool was also mordanted with alum and it produced an odd slightly mauve-y pink. The color on the wool has faded slightly over the past few days so I question its lightfastness, but the cotton floss is still holding color nicely. It's definitely worth trying again, and next time I think I might spring for a jar of juice rather than dealing with the whole fruit. I love eating pomegranates so much that it was slightly painful to put it in a dye jar rather than my belly.
This is the result of my salt water and steel wool pad experiment from last week, on linen. You can see the imprints of the rusty steel but the entire piece has a slight orangey color. It looks quite lovely when held to the light. I'd love to try wrapping fiber around rusty objects like fence posts and hardware, to see what happens.
I also used some carrot peelings, left over from one night's dinner, and they yielded a pale peachy-orange color when mordanted with salt.
All in all, I'm happy with the results and rather surprised by the parsley. You just never know what you're going to get, right?
Happy Tuesday, all.