FOR SOME REASON THE PHOTOS ARE  ALL IN THE WRONG ORDER IN THIS POST – SORRY

I’d got a couple of manky looking pomegranites, some dried up lemons, and a few shrivelled oranges in the bottom of the fruit bowl. I’d read that pomegranites can be used for dyeing, and on further research found that they don’t need a mordant. I boiled up all the fruit for an hour, strained it, split the fabric in half and micro-waved it for about 10 minutes, and left it to cool. I also reboiled the mush with more water for another hour, which gave me a much paler dye bath, and again micro-waved it for 10 minutes. Left them both for several hours before rinsing out the excess. I also did a load of cotton strips in the two baths mixed together as there still seemed a lot of colour left.

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First dye bath and fabric on the left, second on the right.

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Rinsing of second dye bath.

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Second dye bath cooling

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First dye bath cooling

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Dry fabric and threads

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Hubble, bubble, toil and trouble

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Dried fabric

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Damp fabric from first dye bath

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Strained dye bath.

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Soaking a mix of cotton, silk, muslin and some cotton thread.

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Looks pretty revolting, but smelt wonderful.

 

The finished results are a pale, creamy yellow, the first bath slightly deeper. The silk has taken the colour better, a lovely warm gold tone. Not sure what I’m going to do with it yet, but a couple of ideas simmering.

 

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