Friday, August 13, 2010
natural dying round one: goldenrod
step 1: gather as much flowering goldenrod as you can fit in your pot
step 2: soak it overnight
step 3: simmer it for 45 minutes
step 4: let dye bath cool then remove all plant material with a sieve
step 5: premordant your fabric in a pot of water with alum and cream of tartar
step 6: throw your fabric in the dye bath and simmer for 45 minutes
step 7: rinse your fabric until the water runs clear (or just take it for a swim in the lake)
step 8: admire your handiwork. dyed with goldenrod on the left, original colour of fabric on the right.
step 9: bring home a totebag full of sumac, then realize its full of tiny gross worms, throw it on the porch in a pot of water and hope the wormies run away. plot future dying days. specifically 3 days from now after the sumac soaks.