So inspired by the color results yesterday in Liz's @thedogwooddyer workshop @wildmesatopanga. We foraged eucalyptus, sumac, sage, cochineal, loquat, black walnut, toyon...among other plants from the surrounding land. We then extracted dye from the foraged materials by steeping or simmering the plant material in hot water. Liz provided bits of pre-mordanted (with alum) wool, silk, linen for us to experiment with. I brought along some cotton baby clothes (unscoured, non-mordanted) to see what would happen.
Mostly I played around with the sumac, hibiscus, eucalyptus, black walnut and cochineal with an iron after-bath for the cotton items.
Such a magical experience and I'm itching to experiment more with natural dyes.