Time to Harvest and Dye!

 

This was a pretty exciting week at Dyescape! Firstly, The shed was completed by building a shelf and hanging a board for all the necessary tools used for gardening and dyeing. We harvested and dyed with plants that were ready to be collected: Marigold,  Black Eyed Susan,  Dyers Coreopsis and Yarrow blooms. Some were used fresh to dye with this week and others dried for future dye baths. After collecting enough dyestuff material to equal the weight of the fabric to be dyed, we had to mordant the fabric, a first step that helps the dye to set on the fabric and therefore gives stronger color results. There are many different methods to mordant a fabric and it all depends on the type of dyestuff that is being used and desired shades of color. We sampled a new mordant procedure with 9 different fabric swatches with all 4 plants and the results where incredible!

Harvesting Marigold and Black Eyed Susans

Harvesting Marigold and Black Eyed Susans

Yarrow samples

Yarrow samples

Marigold and Dyers Coreopsis samples

Marigold and Dyers Coreopsis samples