Friday, July 23, 2010

Silk In A Jar

I have been playing around with some of India Flint's natural dyeing techniques. This photo shows a yard of silk spread with hibiscus flowers, sprayed with vinegar, rolled and tied. I also did a piece of patterned silk with black rice. I am anxious to see the results, but they have to stay in the jars for a week or longer.
I have also been experimenting with other plants here on my property. Victoria Blue Sage makes a lovely blue, Rosemary, a nice khaki green and Esperanza, a light yellow. I have just tried these in small samples. I have a jar of the Blue Sage flowers in the freezer so I can try the "Ice Flowers" technique. Then there are the teas. I dyed some scraps with my last Passion Flower tea bag.
Too much fun.


Filamental said...

I am so happy to see what you are doing. Now,THAT, is inspiring.
Very Pretty photo, too. Love the vapor.

Lisa Kerpoe said...

Can't wait to see the results. nandina works well, if you have some. I also loved the ligustrum berries. Probably too early for that now, maybe later this fall. They turn the fabric a rich mottled brown.

Mona said...

Uh, looks good in that jar. I just bought India's book too and I'm having so much fun, everything in my garden gets wrapped up in fabric :)

Rayna said...

Wow! India Flint's dyed stuff is wonderful - look forward to seeing how these turn out.