Black-eyed Susan & Magnolia Pod dye

Yesterday while the walnut dye was boiling I collected the dead centers of the Black-eyed Susans from my garden.  (I left the purple-cone flowers since the gold finch have been feasting on these)  Today I boiled them along with some dried magnolia pods.   Warmed up black-eyed susans smell absolutely wonderful,  sort of like a strong sweet chamomile tea.

I left the flower heads, loose seeds and magnolia pods in the dye when pouring it over the cloth to be dyed.  Like I mentioned before. I like the look of the added texture. Some of the cloth I pole wrapped, one I twisted copper around as a mordant, some I tied in knots, and one I lay pods and flower heads on and rolled these up inside the cloth and then placed in jars.  I will let these sit in the sun a couple of weeks.

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One thought on “Black-eyed Susan & Magnolia Pod dye

  1. Hi Delores!I LOVE natural dyed things! I can remember my art teacher in school telling me she made the most amazing Robin egg blue color with red cabbage! go figure!Wonderful blog and ideas!I wanted to drop in and let you know that your in the hat for my fairie drawing and to thank you for participating in my fun!Have a wonderful Friday!Lenae

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