After noticing a proliferation of common tansy on our roadsides I did a little research to see what uses this plant might have. I read that a bright yellow dye can be coaxed from it so I plucked an armful of this lovely and aromatic weed to put in the dye pot.
After simmering the plant, stem and all, for about 2 hours in water a bright yellow dye emerged (as shown in Monday's post) that held on well to my alum-mordanted wool, cotton floss, and silk organza. (and made a lovely yellow circle on my countertop too...ahem)
I love the results so much I've already made another batch of dye. I'm not sure how long the tansy stays around and you gotta make hay while the sun shines, right? While looking at examples of tansy-dyeing online I found some wonderful results on Brambleberries in the Rain and noticed that she had also made dye with...
black beans! (some of you knew what that blue was, you clever souls you!)
I had black beans in the cupboard and couldn't resist trying it out. I followed Brambleberries' directions, using the soaking water from the beans for my dye. The results...
...utterly fantastic. What I love most of all is that because only the soaking water is used, I was still able to make the beans for dinner the next day. No waste and I almost always have this dyestuff on hand.
Since I had plenty of dye from each, I did a mixed jar to make this green that I also love.
Isn't that just the perfect palette of summer in a bowl?
I did a bit of wet-felting with the wool last night and while the yellow held its color nicely, the green and blue faded quite a bit. I suspect though, that I didn't mordant the wool quite as well as I had with the yellow so I'll be trying another round soon, just to see. Good thing we like beans around here...
Have a great day, everyone.