Dyeing continues…

After the weekend Natural Dyeing workshop that I held here at my home, I saved the pots of water that were used for dyeing with copper, iron and aluminum. There is always some color floating around in a pot after its been used and I figured I would re-use it to take advantage of the first dyeings.

The aluminum was nice, but OH BOY! I feel like I hit the jackpot with the iron pot!

nat dyed silk scarves

The silk scarves just burst with color from two different eucalyptus leaves, avocado pit and skins, blueberries and lots of onion skins both yellow and red. I know they will lighten as they dry and some of the dyestuffs are still stuck to the silk, but they look gorgeous!



nat dyed papers

Even some papers came out lovely!  Over the weekend we didn’t see much color from the Eucalyptus rudis (long leaf), but this potful must’ve been just right.

The grey on both silk and paper is from the re-used iron water.


I’ve got the copper pot simmering right now in hopes of a similar jackpot!

4 Replies to “Dyeing continues…”

  1. Judy, thesearewonderful. Love the iron and it’s a relatively safe mordant. I hesitate to use the others

    1. Joan – use an aluminum pot for an alum mordant and add some pennies or copper wire to a stainless steel pot for that mordant. Easy peasy and nothin much nasty.


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