Friday, August 13, 2010

experiments and pumpkins


I have some dyeing or staining experiments going on in the breakfast room window. Can you guess what they are?


pomegranate peels

leaves from the driveway (from so long ago I no longer recall what kind they were)

blueberries and coffee.


    The only results so far are from the blueberry mixture and I am pleased enough that this is a second try.

    Of course since then I have read that I should prepare the fabric with salt or vinegar before attempting to dye, so this will truly be an experiment.
     Our volunteer pumpkin is coming along nicely.

    10 comments:

    Barbara said...

    I never could have guessed what they are, and also am learning from your experiments -- who knew leaves in our driveway could give forth colorful new life?! At least, here's hoping they do for you. I never read about preparing the fabric and have had OK results without doing that. We don't have a volunteer pumpkin, but we do have tiny watermelon.

    Ruth Anne Olson said...

    I died a white t-shirt with blueberries once. It came out a lovely color. I hadn't treated the fabric, so it eventually faded to a pleasing light tan. I will be interested in seeing how yours come out.

    I think we should use more natural products in our work. I knew someone from Georgia who died t-shirts using 1) that red Georgia clay soil, 2) Vidalia onion skins, and 3) kudzu. They were so nice. What a great way to use some of that awful kudzu vine that grows a foot a day.

    ger said...

    Will be interested in seeing how your experiments turn out, too...

    LOVE STITCHING RED said...

    The jars look so pretty on your windowsill, hope you get some pleasing results

    Susan Erickson said...

    I love the look of such colorful projects on the go and am now inspired to try some natural dying of white t shirts....too cool!

    Bea said...

    Just looking at the jars with their gorgeous color is fun. I'll be waiting to see the pictures of how they all came out. :)Bea

    Healing Woman said...

    I will follow these experiments. The results may be amazing. I'll bet your fabrics will be luscious looking.

    Mary said...

    It must be hard to let them just sit there doing their thing - I would want to keep peeking!

    sewpam63 said...

    I used to rinse my dyed fabrics in a vinegar or salt solution AFTER they were dyed to help set the color. Don't fret. ; ) What fun you're having. and, I LOVE the volunteer pumpkin!!!

    Sharon said...

    Would love to see your results.