October 13, 2016

ECO Dying

For a couple of years now I have tried dying with poke root berries and I'm very disappointed in the results. Over the summer I prepped this large piece of cotton by boiling it in salt water as a mordant, hoping that it would be the thing that sets the deep rich magenta color.
I rolled the cloth with maple leaves from the yard and then in the middle plunked the berries and wrapped the bundle.  After the water started to boil and lasted maybe 10-20 minutes.  From there it cooled naturally overnight.

The unveiling started and I was excited...

Rinse cycle left the bright color very faint and almost orangey peach.  
Oh well back to the drawing board.

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