A few days away from the garden, and I came home to all the Rudbeckia, blacked-eyed susan, in full bloom. These are doubles, probably ‘Cherokee sunset’ that floundered last year. I am excited they bounced back from last year - I put them in 1-gal pots in a spot away from the main garden in the shade bc I thought they were diseased. I am excited to use them in market bouquets & #naturaldye for silk scarves and ribbon. Check out our stories to find out what color developed using my sister’s Rudbeckia, and what happens when you dip in ammonia and vinegar. Can’t wait to try the process myself...
Many of you guessed it absolutely right! This is how eco printing looks like. It's a labor-intensive process where I wrap, bind and steam flowers directly into the treated fabrics to create a permanent print.
Truly magical process. You never know how it will appear at the end, your house will smell like herbal sauna for a couple of days and you will be surrounded with tones of beautiful flowers just like a goddess😉😄
Nature’s palette 🎨
These are the skeins I dyed during @wingandaprayerfarm’s natural dyeing workshop at @thebarkeater last Saturday. From L to R: cochineal, indigo overdyed with weld, and dahlia petals. I’ll be trying to recreate the two on the right at home, and the bright pink on the left is good to know how to create in case I need to brighten some very dull results (I have three 100g skeins of blah color at home that could use a bit of oomph).
Natural dyers use wattle as one of the rich tannins to create iron-based grays and blacks or to overdye with indigo to create interesting muted greens. The color is a beige with a pink cast and it has a characteristic toasted wood smell you will love.
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