Apple leaves for dyeing and printing

July 21, 2021 at 11:08 am 3 comments

As the apple tree was losing its last leaves I decided to collect those newly fallen and about to fall for a dyepot. I had planned to try to get a green dye from my deciduous fruit trees but left it a little late and most leaves were fallen and mushy after recent rain. That will have to be an experiment for next autumn (2022 here in the Southern Hemisphere).

Instead I added some of my collection of brown onions skins to bulk up the colour. I ended up with three stocking leg ‘tea’ bags of dye material and cooked these up for an hour, then left to rest overnight. The next morning I removed the ‘tea’ bags and heated up the liquid, added a few lengths of gauzy cotton and silk, some with apple leaves to imprint, to the the pot and gently simmered for an hour. The result was a variety of yellows from bright to mellow.

I then decided to use some pieces of op shop cream blanketing as there appeared to be still dye in the pot. These were tied in bundles some had red & brown onions skins tied inside, others had some untwisted copper electrical wire and gum leaves tied in. One piece was wrapped around a twisted copper pipe, the others were thick enough just to roll up and tie. The pot was heated up, the wool added and very gently cooked for an hour, turned off and left in the pot for two days (I was busy with other activities).

The gauzy materials were very subtle, the wool was quite vibrant-I wonder if the copper acted as mordant to make these intense colours and prints.

The interesting imprint of the copper pipe on the right
Onion skins and gum leaves imprinted
Copper wire and gum leaves

Entry filed under: Copper mordant, Eco printing, Natural dyeing.

Time for an update Ecology and the Bogong moth

3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. cedar51  |  July 22, 2021 at 4:56 pm

    nice results

    Reply
  • 2. Debbierose  |  July 23, 2021 at 6:38 pm

    Inspirational, a friend of mine, textile artist dyes with so many different plants. Nature at its best. Keep up the Inspirational work

    Reply

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