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September 6, 2009

Goldenrod and the 3 Silks

So to continue my adventure....I started with this
 
trimmed the leaves and put the flowers in the first pot. It was brought to a simmer for an hour then strained and silk added.  As crazy as it seems I managed to leave it in the pot without looking, lifting or sneaking peak for a week.  When it was done and the silk removed, I added Tumeric and made a second pot. More silk was added.  But I hadn't thrown away those flowers.... all the stems and leaves were chopped, added then simmered on the stove.  It never boiled....just let off steam and occasionally flipped a leaf.  I then strained the leaf brew, added alum and put in some silk to make pot number three. 
They simmered all night, but at 5 am this morning the Big Bear (DH) woke me up and asked if those crockpots in the basement were suppose to be cooking all night.  =-)  He said it smelled like hot dogs!  But I got this:
  
The middle is butter yellow...flowers no mordant...not sure how color fast it will be.  The left is flowers and tumeric...a most gorgeous gold.  The right is leaves, stems, 2nd dip flowers with alum....the golden brown is where the edges peeked out from the brew.
And I was happily pleased after.
Next....I'm looking at these

 
Found in my wild garden.
 

7 comments:

LOVE STITCHING RED said...

Beautiful results from your dye experiments. Sharne put me on to Turmeric but I haven't tried it yet, will also try other spices next visit to the supermarket!

Have a grea week :o)

LOVE STITCHING RED said...

GREAT week!

Laura said...

I'm catching up on blogs so I'm a bit late but still : congratulations with the exhibition. Looks like you had a great time and are now having one dyeing your silk. Like what you're doing.

karen said...

what lovely colours! Well done!

florcita said...

Great colors! What is the name of the flower? it' s a pretty one too!

karen said...

how's the dying coming on? Have you done any more?

carolina said...

me encantan tus trabajos son muy bellos me gutaría poder hacerlos pero no se donde comprar la aguja y la lana ,soy CAROLINA de CÓRDOBA ARGENTINA y mi blog es artesaniasenmismanos.blogspot.com,me encantaría si me podes dar una ayuda .besos!!!!!!