Last week some friends gathered around the dye pots and played with leaves and fabrics. I brought mine home in bundles and have been so very good in not opening them immediately…..I planned to leave them a week or so…the little wooden beads are to identify my pieces when they all come out of a communal pot, and look pretty much the same. The other way I sometimes mark my bundles is by tying them with a striped synthetic string – you can see I used it to attach the beads.
I also brought home a few branches of prunus leaves and boiled them up. I then strained the beautiful dark red liquid, left it overnight and added some alum before using it to dye the next day…..it initially looked like this.
Ever impatient, I decided to open all the bundles today, including those dyed with the red leaves above. Here are the results, some of them most surprising.
There are more, but these are probably the best ones……a good result I think, despite getting shades of blue/green from red leaves. I wonder if it would happen again…