Thursday, October 1, 2009

Cold dyeing with Lemon Scented Eucalyptus Bark

I tried another type of dyeing that I came across, cold dyeing. I had seen an online tutorial that mentioned that you could try boiling the bark several times and I thought I'd try it. I had no use for the dye at the time, so I left it to cool. Then I put a piece of silk in it and left it for 5 days. When I took the silk out it was quite pale and I expected the colour to wash out but I was pleasantly surprised by the pale yellow. Once again, I had used no mordant.
The picture is actually a bit pinker and darker than the actual silk, maybe because I have taken the photo indoors at night.

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