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more dyeing

April 19, 2011

as well as dyeing the kitchen blue – I gathered some old, fallen eucalyptus leaves on my walk and wanted to see if they would dye anything after a winter of rain and snow. 

this is a salvaged piece of silk, a sleeve I think, that was originally a pale cream. I folded and clamped it between two copper coasters. The dried leaves were simmered for an hour, strained and the silk was simmered for another hour with alum added directly to the dye bath. It was left to cool overnight.

I’m surprised at the depth of colour from the dried out old leaves.

the painted silk/cotton roving spun up quickly . 

the colour blend is good and I’m looking at other handspun silks to use together in a scarf warp.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. April 21, 2011 3:27 am

    these photos are so delicious, i came back to see them!


  2. April 19, 2011 5:50 pm

    Oooh. more prettiness! Your handspun is gorgeous.


  3. April 19, 2011 4:11 pm

    the handspun is gorgeous, really. i like the “coaster effect”.


  4. April 19, 2011 4:01 pm

    Would you know how much alum you added to the dye pot?


    • April 19, 2011 5:15 pm

      I measure the alum according to the weight of material being dyed. As this was so small it was approx. a teaspoon full. Actually don’t think the eucalyptus needs a mordant but as it was so old thought the alum might help.


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