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harvesting colour – rose petals in a pickle jar – results

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On April 9, I tried dyeing white silk with dried rose petals.

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rose petals, scattered on the silk

rose petals, scattered on the silk

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Originally, I intended to let the colour develop for at least a month on the silk in my pickle jar.  But curiosity got the better of me after six days.  Colour had developed in the first two days, a deep magenta in the vinegar and on the fabric.

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Tonight I opened the jar and rinsed out the silk.  The process is a little messy, with lots of petals floating in the rinse water.  And the results …

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silk fabric dyed with dried flower petals ... the deep pink is from the extra flowers I added

silk fabric dyed with dried flower petals … the deep pink is from the extra flowers I added

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You may remember that I folded a few other flowers into the silk.  In retrospect, I should have seen the unnatural pink of some of the flowers … I think the florists did a little dyeing of their own and that is what is making the bright pink on the fabric.  It looks a bit artificial for my taste, but I do love the brownish magenta that colours the background of the fabric – that colour seems to be from the rose petals.  Silk certainly takes up colour eagerly!

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the magenta  seems to be from the rose petals - a more natural colour

the magenta seems to be from the rose petals – a more natural colour

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Once the fabric is dry, I intend to hem the silk for a tablecloth. I use tablecloths all the time and this one will remind me of a special bouquet!

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Snippet of a longer poem I wrote after this adventure …

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remnants of the bouquet

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petal colour

stains fabric

eager to make

an impression

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deep pink dried flowers I added to the rose petal mix ... I should have realised they were too bright to be 'real'

deep pink dried flowers I added to the rose petal mix … I should have realised they were too bright to be ‘real’

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I have carefully rinsed my pickle jar, intending to use it again!

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Copyright  2014  Jane Tims

 

Written by jane tims

April 16, 2014 at 7:32 am

harvesting colour – more colour from the pickle jar

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One more dyeing project with the pickle jar!  I am growing impatient, waiting for the growing season to begin so I can collect plants for my dyeing projects.  So, I looked around my house and decided to use some of the various jars of rose petals and other flowers I have dried over the years.

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a jar of rose petals and other flowers from a saved bouquet

a jar of rose petals and other flowers from a saved bouquet (the fabric is the silk I intend to dye)

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For fabric, I decided to use the square of silk I purchased for the project back in February.  From my reading, I know that silk accepts dye very well and responds well to an acidic dye bath.

First I soaked the silk in tepid water to prepare the fibres to accept the dye.  I decided this fabric has already been prepared with mordant.  If not, I can always add the mordant later.

Then I spread the petals on the fabric, spraying as I went with a weak solution of cider vinegar.

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rose petals, scattered on the silk

rose petals, scattered on the silk

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I added some other dried flower petals from another bouquet.  Then I rolled the fabric and petals very tightly.

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a roll of silk and flower petals, sprayed with vinegar and ready for the pickle jar

a roll of silk and flower petals, sprayed with vinegar and ready for the pickle jar

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As with my last project ( https://nichepoetryandprose.wordpress.com/2014/04/02/harvesting-colour-onion-yellow/ ), I had trouble stuffing the roll into the jar.  Once I had the silk crammed into the jar, I added more vinegar solution to the jar and closed it.

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pickle jar stuffed with silk, rose petals and other dried flowers

pickle jar stuffed with silk, rose petals and other dried flowers

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And now we wait …

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Copyright  2014  Jane Tims

Written by jane tims

April 11, 2014 at 7:29 am

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