I started this post off with the intention of doing just a small feature of how I went about getting the fabric to become this glorious colour, but with so much amazing feedback on the photo I posted on Instagram I thought I'd split it into two posts. Next week I will show you what I made with the fabric, stay tuned.
To be honest I'm still very much a novice at natural dying and I think a lot of my results come down to pure luck. For example, my latest adventure I simmered the fabric with 1/4 cup Salt and 4TBSP of Turmeric for 15mins then tipped the dye out and left the fabric in the pot for 3 days, 3 whole days! This wasn't because I was playing around or experimenting, I was just preoccupied wrangling Eilidh.
Once I rinsed the fabric, I hung it out on the line, which also happened to be the sunniest day of this year and it went from an amazing rusty colour to a bright yellow. I'm a little disappointed, but also not at the same time. I love Big Bird yellow.
For those of you that would like a little guidance, I've included a few links that might help.
- This one talks through a couple of different, traditional ways of dying.
- If you want to try using different ingredients this website offers a few.
- This blogger dyed a lot of fabric and used knots of string to create a pattern.
- I've used this blog as a reference in the past, and this dying experience was loosely based on it (if that makes sense).
- And of course, a video, cause we all a good vid. Note, she uses Turmeric root, not powder.