Natural Dyeing

Spent a wonderful day with my Adelaide Friends sitting around the pot colouring up fabric and paper with an array of stuff – from onion skins, leaves to bottle brush flowers.

Various silk fabrics dyed with leaves etc.

and here is my papers…

Natural dyed paper

What I love about colouring fabric this way is that, unlike rusting, you don’t end up with a fabric that’s so hard to stitch through. The onion skins in particular give a lovely coppery tone to the silk.  Fresh leaves etc is the best and next time I’m going to play with more flowers too.

The fabric and the paper was bundled together with the onion skins, leaves, flowers etc and then simmered for 1/2 hour in a pot.


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