The first was made very quickly, a couple of weeks ago, after hubby had peeled a beetroot. (beta vulgaris) I have some fibers already mordanted (with alum) so we gave it a little go. Here is the result, a soft & subtle beige.
The two other dyes were made this past Saturday, right after we came back home from my inlaws'. (since we picked the natural materials for dyeing, over there) But first we had to mordant fibers. I decided to mordant enough materials for making six dyeings. And this time, we also mordanted cotton prints, so we can see how it'll dye too, and I'll probably use them too.
The first material I used is something I showed you in the last posts (on my regular blog) ... it was ribwort plantain / plantago lanceolata. We picked leaves only, and it grows so abundantly (wild) here, that we really did no harm at all. It actually grows a bit everywhere, even in urbanized areas (I've already seen that). So here are the photos of the dye bath & of the results.
A lovely yellow, soft on the cottons & linen, and a little stronger on silk & silk yarn. (as usual) But a nice one, I think.
The second material I used for the other (and last) dye, was a plant I already used in the past, for dyeing, but at a different stage of its growth. I'm talking about (wild) fennel / foeniculum vulgare. This time, instead of using the tops (flower heads), we used the feathery leaves that are abundant & that are very fragrant. On the photo below, you can spot the fennel leaves AND the plantain leaves !
And now the dye bath and photos of the results.
And for you to see the difference of the yellows between the two dyes, I took a comparison shot, which I think is interesting to see.
Plantain on the left, fennel on the right.
And lastly, but still related to my dyeings, here are the last business cards (in recycled paper, mind you) I ordered from Moo, a couple of weeks ago, when they were having a 25% off sale. They will ship with the orders from the new shop, from now on.
They are credit card sized, and I have enough room below my infos (on the back) for writing a short message, and will save me to include an extra card with it.