Some experiments were happening late last week with fabric dying and painting. I have an idea for a baby quilt that I wanted to test. I have always been inspired by people going out in their yards and finding useful things growing there so I thought I would do some testing of the things I found in my yard.
I also had a bunch of leftover cotton muslin from making some curtains so I had a blank slate to work with. Eliot is always game for foraging, too.
The first step was dying the fabric. Since I was feeling lazy I didn't do everything the way I probably should have. First I simmered the plant material in about double the amount of water for an hour. Then I strained it and added some vinegar. I put the liquid in ball jars with the fabric, mixed and let it sit overnight. After re-reading the dyeing suggestions I probably should have put the fabric back into the pots with the liquid and vinegar and simmered for another hour. Next time I will try that.
I had mixed results. The grass and iris were too weak - but the pink flower and the Celandine gave me a nice strong color. I took the fabric that didn't dye and did some experiments with making my own fabric patterns. I'll post more about that tomorrow.