2010-10-03

h e l i a n t h u s * a n n u u s

fourth post in a row, I know, I should have written & posted them all one after the other, right after they were done, but it was impossible. So there, today's last post will talk about the dye hubby & I made with sunflowers (heliantus annuus) head. My mom, returning from her summer home (with my dad), picked five of them in a field, in the south western France, where their home is. She kept them fresh until she visited me, two days after picking them. I had told her about my wish to try to dye with them, that's why she had picked some for me.

we mordanted our fabrics with alum (as usual) and boiled the heads, but keeping a small part of the upper part of the stem. (where it is attached to the head itself)

golden dust

layers

hot dyeing with helianthus annuus

hot dyeing with helianthus annuus

hot dyeing with helianthus annuus // results

hot dyeing with helianthus annuus // results

hot dyeing with helianthus annuus // results

hot dyeing with helianthus annuus // results

hot dyeing with helianthus annuus // results

hot dyeing with helianthus annuus // results

the result is a soft, delicate shade of green, I really heart it. It's so different from the green we achieved with phillyrea angustifolia (previous post), & from the greens we achieved either with fennel or sage. They're all so different & so unique. And I love them all.

4 comments:

  1. you displayed it so beautifully.

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  2. try just simmering gently rather than boiling...and using wool cloth. just a thought, should give a deeper colour [depending of course on how much fabric you have diluting the dye bath]. i read somewhere just now that the sunflower is considered the world's "favourite weed"...hardly a weed, i think, being delicious to eat, the source of oil AND of good dye colour!

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  3. sunflower is one of my favorites!

    I have look through pages and pages of your blog. YOur blog melt my heart ♡
    so lovely.

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