Saturday, May 28, 2011

viola blues and greens

This week I dead-headed all the violas that live in pots in my yard. I was inspired by Lesley, who comes to my classes, and who brought a piece of beautiful blue/green silk that she had dyed this way.

I used silk (alum mordant), wool crepe (alum with cream of tartar) and got these shades.

I've saddened this dye bath with an iron modifier and am leaving some more silk and wool overnight to see how they respond.


  1. Those colours are beautiful, I've no idea what an alum is though - another thing to add to the ever expanding list of things I want to learn about!

  2. Anonymous4:53 PM

    The blue-greens are lovely and so unexpected from violas as well.

  3. I was really surprised at the shades too. Blues are so hard to get. The 'saddened' version is lovely too.


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