The Black-Eyed Susans are still in full bloom, allowing us a second harvest.
-Dye vat with dye-ables was heated and cooled twice over the course of 24 hours.
After leaving the dye bath, the fiber was soaked in wood ash for approximately 2 hours.
Below you will find a list of the items used for the wood ash post-soak process:
5 gallon bucket
2-ish gallons of water
wood ash from bonfire
12″ square piece of cloth
1 pony tail holder
- Pour a decent amount of the wood ash into the center of the square piece of cloth.
- Using the pony tail holder (or rubber band), tie up the cloth into a sealed pouch.
- Soak pouch in bucket of water, gently squeeze pouch of wood ash.
** soon we will be using Alum as a pre-soak, and suggest using this instead of Soda Ash if you have access to it**
- After wood ash post-soak, fabric/fiber was removed and washed in cool water with mild soap.
5 different varieties of all natural fabrics ranging from
Cotton canvas to soy/cotton knit – approximately 1 yard total
Cria alpaca and senior citizen llama fiber – 50 yards total
2 lbs Black-Eyed Susan flowers
Here is a snapshot of the cornucopia of greens that have emerged.
**For more information about alum and other mordant options, Earthues is a great resource: