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messing around in the dye pot

August 3, 2011

I cut down all the mullein (my neighbour was complaining about “those big weeds), chopped it up and stuffed it in the biggest dye pot, left it in the sun for 10 days. Today I added alum and layered 3 skeins/9 oz. of cotton/hemp. Within 15 minutes it was turning yellow, now it can sit.

the hollyhocks seem to like the cool weather, I’ve been freezing the blossoms to try India Flint’s ice-flower dyeing.



also thought I’d try a few in an eco bundle.

while I’m at it I made a couple of bundles with rose leaves that were left to dry 2-3 days.










and the teasels are up to the rooftop and flowering. They self-seed everywhere – oh dear – what will the neighbour say about that?


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