Wednesday, October 19, 2016

A tiny dye experiment.



Red veined sorrel stems (leftover scraps from a salad) + salt + vinegar + boiling water + scraps of fabric, left overnight = beautiful pinky-purple fabric. It was a strong, striking colour when wet, however has faded somewhat to a more purpley mauve.

7 comments:

  1. beautiful! Does it smell sort of lemony-sorrely?

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    1. When I pick the sorrel (and eat it) it does. But when I'm dying, I add vinegar and salt, which means, unfortunately the fabric itself doesn't smell like sorrel. I don't really know what I'm doing though, I wonder if I can change the quantities of everything, so that maybe some sorrel scent would temporarily remain?

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    2. I don't know a lot about dying chemicals..but I wonder if you could add lemon juice in the place of the vinegar as both are acidic? It wouldn't necessarily be a sorrel-lemon scent but it might smell lemony still?

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    3. YES! Good things Georgie. I know next to nothing, but I figure that the best way to learn is experiment and google. And since vinegar and lemon can sometimes be substituted in cooking, why not dyeing? I'll be testing it out – a website I've found does say that citric acid can be a mordant, however it gives different colour results. Which of course has me more curious.

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  2. I love this! I've wanted to dye with plants for forever...this is getting me inspired to try

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    1. I read all these things online that sounded way too complicated, and thought I'd never figure it out. Then I read a thing that said simply use vinegar and salt. So simple! Not sure how colourfast it'll be, but it was fun anyway. If you try, let me know how you go and what you use.

      I've got some new jars soaking now – one with blueberries, one with strawberries, one with rose petals and the last with red cabbage. I'm sure I'll document that here sometime.

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