Yes I have half a gum tree hanging from the ceiling of my studio!! I found it on the side of the road after the big storm last weekend, and couldn't resist bring it home to see how it goes in the pot?? My kids are going to be sooo embarrassed by me when they are older as I'm always stoping to get something from the roadside!! 😉#nativeplants#eucalyptus#ecodye#foraging#naturaldye#plantdye
this summer has been a bubbling, brewing pot of new ideas + inspirations in ways to branch out on this living, breathing creative entity I’m calling Hina|Luna. as I approach almost one full year of deep exploration + play in the wonder of the natural dye world, of expanding my already existing connection to the plant world + all the forces that contribute, the time has come to re-center + re-align: where is my place in this ancient old craft?
as expressed in a prior written reflection on creating from a place of authenticity, as opposed to one of recycled ideas, this is not new; using plant matter to extract color has been + still is being practiced by many. indigo shibori can be found in the big box stores (sadly), + is trending on the bohemian home + fashion scene. so where do we find originality in our practice of an art that many others are also dabbling in?
what it is about natural dyeing that has me by the heart? there comes a pinnacle moment in one’s life where you can reflect back on all of the various phases, that at a glance can seem so unrelated, contradictory even, but with a closer look, you can see the thread - the single element that connects it all, the “thing” that moves you through life. so this is where my “thing” has led me -- to natural color -- + the reasons are many, all of which are steeped in intention setting, living with mindfulness + purpose, + a connection to the natural elements. this is my ritual. one that I am making more room + more time for to practice everyday, within every moment. this is my reason for creating. so with that: new things are on the horizon; more facets, other sides, closer looks. collaborations with other magic makers included. + all will be revealed at the natural shift, this coming fall equinox.
I've been doing some more experimenting with natural dyes - what a lovely yellow you get from buddleja prunings. Not sure yet how colourfast it is. The fabrics are pieces of a white cotton sheet and a piece of an old natural coloured woollen blanket
I'm so happy I stayed patient with this one. Two yards of 100% raw eri silk dyed with @botanicalcolors natural indigo over the course of three days. This is the final color after the fabric was washed. I ran out of fructose on my first day and ended up finishing the vat with ripe pears- they worked so well! I'm so excited for this shawl. It'll be finished with subtle block printing and white sashiko stitching. 💙(this has been such a fun introduction to natural dyeing)
Ensimmäinen kokeiluni kasvivärjäykseen. Puretteena aluna ja pietaryrtistä väri. Kolmas vyyhti näytti parhaalle liemessä, mutta haalistuikin sitten huuhtelussa niin että uudelleenvärjäykseen menee. No sentään näistä kahdesta tuli kivat.
My daughter and a friend hauled buckets, water, jars, and who knows what else to a sunny spot down the driveway. "We're going to make potions," they declared. Turns out they made solar dye. Mashed blackberries, and scraps of cotton fabric, nestled in a tree stump to harness the sun's energy. I think I'll start referring to my natural dyeing projects as potion making. It's pretty accurate, don't you think?
Soft organic jersey infinity scarves awaiting prints, it's taking a while to get new screens to do this up and running but I will get there! (They will be part of my September shop update) I have to say I quite like them as they are though, the pinks are naturally dyed with avocado skins which is probably my favourite natural dye to use (not that I get to do much). I pinched one for myself a few weeks ago, you know for product testing and all that ;-) and it's light but a good neck warmer when wrapped twice or nice and loose when wrapped once so definitely one for Autumn. Ok I will stop talking about autumn in my posts now because I know it's raining for many of us and we still want summer!! 😭 Is it still summer where you are? Are you looking forward to autumn?? 🌞 or 🍁🍂?
I've seen mentions of pokeweed as a plant dye and of it refered to as 'inkberry' also. We happened upon it in the poisons garden. @chelsea_physic_garden Quite dramatic looking.
Have you ever dyed with it? Is is a good dye or just a stain? What parts are poisonous? Seen lots of people gathering the berries with stained hands. Curious to learn more.