12 September 2010

solar dyeing // a l c e a * r o s e a

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.

dark hollyhock solar dyeing

dark hollyhock solar dyeing

dark hollyhock solar dyeing

linen & cotton crochet lace & cotton crochet doily (handmade & vintage)

dark hollyhock solar dyeing

dark hollyhock solar dyeing

dark hollyhock solar dyeing

silk & silk yarn


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.

4 comments:

  1. I have dyed with the burgundy almost black hollyhocks and gotten rich purples! this is very pretty too--and you *must* start using them with stitch :)

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  2. I love these. They are absolutely beautiful! I am going to have to try this soon.

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  3. This is beautiful! I just purchased three yards of 100& cotton white fabric to make a skirt out of, and I would LOVE to use this method...could you give me any more info as to how you did this/the steps and supplies I would need? Thank you!!

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