I tried a new process (macerating the fruits for a couple of days) but I don't think it helped, and I think it wasn't the appropriate way to get these fruits tinctorial power. But, anyway. I had fun, hubby too ... even though we were hoping for a slightly darker color. (at least)
So ... this time we used
P h y t o l a c c a * a m e r i c a n a
... also known as American Pokeweed, American nightshade, cancer jalap, coakum, garget, inkberry, pigeon berry, pocan bush, poke root, pokeweed, redweed, scoke, red ink plant. With such names, I think I had too high expectations ! LOL
OK let's move onto the photography fun ! :)
Really, don't they have gorgeous shape & colors ?!
Macerating the fruits in water & a dash of vinegar, for a couple of days
Mordating with alum
In the dye
Barely visible results
Comparison with undyed silk yarn
Comparison with undyed silk bourette (silk waste) (undyed on the right)
Comparison with undyed linen (undyed on the right)
What did I learn from this experiment ?
Not to have too high expectations, not to be discouraged and to experiment some more, ah ! :)