Purpler Bundle dye double silks

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Foraged: Cranesbill - Linaria - Purple Vetch - Queen Anne's Lace

Cranesbill - Linaria - Vetch

Foraged purple flowers.  Planned for Linaria, but it was almost finished.  Yet purple vetch still massing into flower.

Experimental bundle dye to see what 'takes'. Hawthorne dyed Ahimsa was pre-soaked in 10 mls of red acid dye, to change the gold slightly, and advice had been given it would give clearer prints.  Habotai light gold silk was pre-soaked in Alum.

Flowers arranged on Ahimsa and Habotai covering

Flowers between two silks

Two types of silk, sandwiched, were sprinkled with vinegar/water weak mix.  Queen Anne's lace was sponged with rust water.  Fabric was folded over itself into thirds, before winding around a thick stick.  Tightly tied with string, but uncovered, before steaming over an open saucepan.

Silks rolled around branch

Two silks wrapped around branch with string

Wrapped bundle over steam pan

Bundle was steamed for 5 hours simmered, then left sat overnight and opened after 24hrs.


Linaria (semi wild) produces a very good dark blue, in blurred shapes of the tops of Linaria flowers.  Shapes created by blue dye are mirrored due to the folding of the Habotai silk into three.

Mirror prints appear on darker gold Ahimza silk, but feinter.  (Ahimsa was not soaked in Alum, as it was briefly soaked in a weak magenta acid dye.  (A tip from another dyer that a pre soak in an acid dye will increase density of floral 'prints'; especially if iron modifier used).  

Red clover also made purple prints of the small tiny petals. [These tiny petals could have been sprinkled over].

No evidence of purple vetch giving a dye result.

Queen Anne's lace produced a good yellow where they were placed in centre of silk scarf lengths. They were sponged with iron-nail-water modifying mixture.

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