Dyeing with Dandelion
|My hand dyed yellow while I picked dandelions.|
|Happy dandelions at nearby city park. Good thing they haven't been mowed down yet.|
|Top one was left in dye bath 10 hours longer. Color difference is very slight.|
At the end, I got a light olive green. Without the iron modifier, I would have gotten greenish yellow. Leaving the silk in the dye bath overnight didn't make too much difference in this case. There is very subtle difference, one being slightly more dark.
Color looks very mellow and natural, two best characteristic of natural dye. It does take time and patience to do this, but it's such a joy to own a piece of garment which I helped to color from the scratch. Dandelion is such a humble plant, so ubiquitous but useful in so many ways. And I really like and appreciate the color, I will surely put the cloth into a good use.
Things You need for this project:
silk - I used crepe de chine, heavier weight.
dandelion - I used mostly flowers, but other parts of plants can also be used.
alum - for mordanting, can be purchased in art supply or craft stores
cream of tar tar - for mordant assistant agent, sold in grocery store, spice section.
rust liquid - color modifying agent. optional, make your own with a rusty nail in a jar of water.
two large pots
colanders - to strain dye stuff.
polyester or nylon mesh pouch - color fast pouch to contain dye stuff.
metal ladle - for stirring
I used "Wild Color" by Jenny Dean as guide book.