Dyeing cotton and linen with avocado, goldenrod and black hollyhock
Colors extracted straight from plants during my last Botanical Dyeing Workshop. We used fresh goldenrod from my local park, dried black hollyhock flowers I collected in summer and some avocado skins and stones from my kitchen waste.
Top to bottom these are the colors on conventional cotton, white linen and organic cotton canvas. The grey sachets next to the swatches are made with raw linen dyed with acorns and iron.
After all the dyeing fun we painted our swatches with low-pH and high-pH solutions and some iron water, to see how modifiers can be used to alternate colors. I didn’t keep any painted samples to myself but they were lovely! I can definitely see a great design opportunity here 😊
Two bottom fabrics (linen and cotton canvas) were mordanted with a.acetate, the conventional cotton was just washed. But what I noticed is even without mordanting, organic cotton canvas takes up colors so much better than conventional cotton! I’m wondering why is that?
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