A blog about my interests, which include crazy quilting and various and assorted other artsy pursuits and sometimes known to contain mumblings of a random nature.
Thursday, September 09, 2010
Walnut dye results
This afternoon I couldn't wait any longer and unwrapped my fabrics and 'brewed' walnut shells. I rinsed them in the rain barrel and this is what they look like now....
The piece pictured above is cotton, pre-washed. You can see the 'line' of walnuts on the left that fades towards the outer part of the bundle. Below is another piece of pre-washed cotton....
The piece below is also a piece of cotton - unsure of whether it has been washed. It also 'might' have a touch of poly in it.
Finally, here is my favourite!! Again, it's cotton, but it's a piece I had rusted last year. I wasn't thrilled with the rust on it, so decided that adding some walnut goo wouldn't hurt it. It's hard for you to tell in the photo, but there are lovely variations of rust/dark brown/charcoal in it. As Arlee would say, 'yumth'!!
Next step is to wash them all and see how much fading occurs. I'm almost afraid to for fear it all washes out!
The walnut goo and remains are currently wrapped in yet another cloth, tied with string and residing in the middle of the flower bed until I can't stand it any more and HAVE to open it up. The 'plan' is for it to stay there til spring!