Natural dyeing

Old 100% cotton sheet folded in half across the bench.  Sprayed all over with alum.

1.Old 100% cotton sheet with half  across the bench and the other half hanging down. Sprayed all over with alum.

Cleaned and cut up pomegranate skins laid over half the sheet

2.Cleaned and cut up pomegranate skins laid over half the sheet

Layers 2&3: casuarina needles and dried brown onion skins

3.Layers 2&3: casuarina needles and dried brown onion skins

Close-up of Layers 2&3 showing colour leaching from the pomegranate already.

4.Close-up of Layers 2&3 showing colour leaching from the pomegranate already.

The other half of the sheet folded carefully over the plant material

5.The other half of the sheet folded carefully over the plant material

Close-up of folded sheet after spraying this side with alum

6.Close-up of folded sheet after spraying this side with alum

Starting to roll along the long length from the open edges.  this allows the fold to be filled with material as it shifts under pressure, meaning no empty strip down the centre!  Note colour emerging more now.

7.Starting to roll along the long length from the open edges. This allows the fold to be filled with material as it shifts under pressure, meaning no empty strip down the centre! Note colour emerging more now.

The whole sheet rolled up.

8.The whole sheet rolled up.

The whole sheeet is now tied as tightly as possible with "bandages" of cotton strips which have been used in this way before, hence their gorgeous colours!

9.The whole sheeet is now tied as tightly as possible with “bandages” of cotton strips which have been used in this way before, hence their gorgeous colours!

The coiled and bandaged sheet is put into the steamer over a hotplate for several hours.

10.The coiled and bandaged sheet is put into the steamer over a hotplate for several hours (with the lid on of course).

I’ve just put a large piece of cotton sheeting into the steamer to cook.

I’ve done it because I need a backing for my Mysterium piece. Here are the progress shots as I set it all up.  You’ll have to wait until the next post to see if it works!

So glad I’ve got a biggish stone kitchen bench!

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One Response to Natural dyeing

  1. prudenceford says:

    You must post the final piece once it has finished steaming!

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