my parents brought me a small handful of dark hollyhocks (alcea rosea). They had to freeze them in order for me to use them, as they had been travelling with them (fresh) & then they froze them at home. I used the flowers (
I must say that I kept this solar dyeing only four small days. I know, it's very short, but I live in an appartment (no balcony, no garage etc) and it was beginning to stink too much. With a garden, I would have dared to keep it way much longer, but no such luck here, so I had to rince it & dry.
I must say that I'm quite impressed with the result after such a short amount of time ! Something I would like to try again, most probably next summer, I suppose. As usual, all fibers were mordanted with alum, beforehand.
the patterns on the silk was made because I had wrapped the flowers in the silk, and then tied with the silk yarn.
so, yes, something to try again.