August 29, 2009
Wild Flowers Wild Color
I also ordered a copy of Colours from Nature by her. While I've been reading and processing, several bloggers I follow have been doing some wonderful experiments and projects with natural dyes. So, of course, I had to give it a go.
I found some Goldenrod almost 5 feet tall where I was able to trim with abandon so I took a large bag and a knife and helped myself. I came home with almost a pound of flowers and top stems. I decided to simmer, soak over night then see what was revealed this morning. It's a brownish yellow....not particularly enticing as the colors on the book covers....but I know how dye can change when it strikes onto fabric. I took a big gulp and plunged in some perfectly white silk.
I also had ordered India Flint's new book: EcoColour: botanical dyes for beautiful textiles. This was a pricey investment....but worth every penny. The book is refreshing to read as she is very environmentally aware but encourages lots of experimentation. There were ideas that have left me what iffing every time I open the book. And the photos of her work are breathtaking. Oh, to have access to eucalyptus leaves .... it's just not dry enough here in the East. India will be visiting the US next year....and I plan to be at a dyeing class she is teaching.