Sunday, June 23, 2013

Eco- Dyeing - Flower Pounding with Natural Fibres - UnRuly Cloth & Canvas

Eco- Dyeing - Flower Pounding with Natural Fibres - UnRuly Cloth & Canvas


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When it is a quiet day 
and the blooms in the garden 
are turning to fade
the little flowerheads on the verge of turning to seed
still yield a gorgeous pigment to play with 

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Flower Pounding Eco Dyeing Natural Textiles at milliande.com, Using Natrual Fibre and CLoth to release Flower Pigments into Cloth , Step by Step Tutorial with Iron Tannin Dye Bath


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undyed natural fibre cloth
a hammer
colourful flower petals 
the juicier and fuller the flower
the wetter the pigment distribution 

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Flower Pounding Eco Dyeing Natural Textiles at milliande.com, Using Natrual Fibre and CLoth to release Flower Pigments into Cloth , Step by Step Tutorial with Iron Tannin Dye Bath


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gently  pounding at first to release some colour
a strong base underneath helps 
a thicker cloth and folded in layers helps to not break the cloth 
due to the hammer force
and aslo lets colours seem through in varying intensities 


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Flower Pounding Eco Dyeing Natural Textiles at milliande.com, Using Natrual Fibre and CLoth to release Flower Pigments into Cloth , Step by Step Tutorial with Iron Tannin Dye Bath


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cloth folded several times and pounded again 

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Flower Pounding Eco Dyeing Natural Textiles at milliande.com, Using Natrual Fibre and CLoth to release Flower Pigments into Cloth , Step by Step Tutorial with Iron Tannin Dye Bath


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A winged butterfly emerges 

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Flower Pounding Eco Dyeing Natural Textiles at milliande.com, Using Natrual Fibre and CLoth to release Flower Pigments into Cloth , Step by Step Tutorial with Iron Tannin Dye Bath

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I love the process so much .. the joy of releasing color 
the knowing that it is impermanent an will fade
the capture of moments ful of joy 

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Flower Pounding Eco Dyeing Natural Textiles at milliande.com, Using Natrual Fibre and CLoth to release Flower Pigments into Cloth , Step by Step Tutorial with Iron Tannin Dye Bath


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Textiles are wonderous 

on the right cloth still with flower petals attached
on the left the stain before the wash 

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Flower Pounding Eco Dyeing Natural Textiles at milliande.com, Using Natrual Fibre and CLoth to release Flower Pigments into Cloth , Step by Step Tutorial with Iron Tannin Dye Bath

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after drying off the cloth form the flower petal mixture
removing any plant debris
the dye cloth is spritzed with a little vinegar
then I added hal of the folded cloth into a cold
Iron / Tannin Dye Bath .. 
letting the color soak up naturally

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Flower Pounding Eco Dyeing Natural Textiles at milliande.com, Using Natrual Fibre and CLoth to release Flower Pigments into Cloth , Step by Step Tutorial with Iron Tannin Dye Bath


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the final cloth 
some strong colors remain and I notice that particularly the 
french marigold blooms released a lot of pigment that remains in the cloth 
I shall go out in the garden and take a picture of the blooms for you to see .. 
back in a minute ...>>>>


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Here I am ;-) 
French Marigold Dye Plant , Flower Pounding Eco Dyeing Natural Textiles at milliande.com, Using Natrual Fibre and CLoth to release Flower Pigments into Cloth , Step by Step Tutorial with Iron Tannin Dye Bath

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Frecnh Margiold Dye Plant ]
for Flower Punding Eco Dye Color 

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French Marigold Dye Plant , Flower Pounding Eco Dyeing Natural Textiles at milliande.com, Using Natrual Fibre and CLoth to release Flower Pigments into Cloth , Step by Step Tutorial with Iron Tannin Dye Bath


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Macro Marigold 

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Flower Pounding Eco Dyeing Natural Textiles at milliande.com, Using Natrual Fibre and CLoth to release Flower Pigments into Cloth , Step by Step Tutorial with Iron Tannin Dye Bath


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the iron/tannin bath changes the blues and violets to grey 
and leaves most of the orange/yellow to mellow into brownish hues 

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I do love the element of surprise and subtle colour ranges 
and variations in tone this methods yields
Flower Pounding is one of my favourite ways to dye natural cloth 


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milliande :-) 

Eco- Dyeing - Flower Pounding with Natural Fibres - UnRuly Cloth & Canvas

12 comments:

  1. How fabulous, loving the colours and the eco-friendlyness of it, thanks for sharing

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    1. you are very welcome , I am quite fond of the colors myself , the dye pot is on at the moment for a black bean dye ... my first one ..I wonder what color it will yield ..will blog it tomorrow maybe :-) thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment ... milliande :-)

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    1. Great :-) if you olay shoot me a link so I can peek at yours .. milliande :-)

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  3. is there a way to maintain the strength of the colors in the photo just before the final fabric?

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    1. crobutka3@aol.com12 February 2015 at 19:04

      I wonder the same thing

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  4. this is so pretty! i never knew you could transfer color from flowers directly to fabric!

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  5. Wonderful - is this method durable? I would like to try and use it in some of my work but wonder if the colors fade with time?

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  6. Is there any way to maintain the original color before the wash?

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  7. crobutka3@aol.com12 February 2015 at 19:03

    I was wondering the same thing "anonymous" and "danya" were.... Is there a way to keep the original colors without them fading so much?

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  8. Other crafts such as this say to use either salt or vinegar. One lady seemed to suggest that salt works on some fabrics and vinegar on others. If you decide to use watercolor paper one lady suggested spraying it with... I think it was (can't remember the name!) the protective coating you use on fabrics, shoes, furniture.

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  9. There are no use pot for heating?

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