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I thought Slow living can be my new post series. I hope I can fulfill the promise. I've been reading India Flint's book Eco Colour - botanical dyes for beautiful textiles and I'm so excited about my new found! I didn't find it by myself actually it was Fi Hocking from the blog livingcloth who told me about India - so thanks goes to her.
So let's begin. Following text is based on Flint's book but do remember that I'm making my interpretations of her writings.
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When you are starting a new thing I think you have to start from very basic and with things that might even get there otherwise you might get frustrated and give up. This next test is fun and very easy to start with but before it I give you some useful tips by India Flint about natural dyeing.
Picking plants and flowers for your dyeing material:
Think locally - begin your backyard and garden. Remember "non-exploitive harvesting". You don't have to go very far to get plants, bark, leaves even your garbage can be your dye material. Yes, your garbage.
|what you don't eat but you can use as natural dye material?|
How to find dye material and what tells you the plant is good dye material?
2. species name: tinctorum or tinctoria (the plant has traditionally used in dyeing) or officinale (medicine, contains aromatic, acid or alkaloid chemicals)
3. Remember the rule "no identification - no picking"
4. garbage and windfalls like onion skins, beetroot leaves, carrot tops, wilted spinach, red gabbage etc.
5. Rubbing a leaf between your finger and thumb - what happens? Remember also that plant can be a good dye material even though it doesn't show any visisble sign.
Ok, if you are still interested about natural dyeing - here is very simple and fun test that I made with few plants from our yard to see how they react to test.
India Flint's tea-test method
Crumble the material with boiling water into old white cup or glass. In ten minutes(maybe more) you see if liquid turns colored and how colored? If it does, there you have a potentional dye material. Simple isn't it. Try this method with fresh or dry leaves shredded bark,crushed seeds and squashed berries.
What colours you got?
I got pastel colors.
I recommend you to get to know India's writings here about natural dyeing if you are inspired!
Ooh, what a lovely pastel pink. Yummy! Have you ever tried natural dyeing? Have you ever thought of it? Do you think we even might have a trend here? This week also Lotta Helleberg blogged about natural dye. Great work!
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