Friday, July 20, 2012

seed prints


At the work allotment this week, we harvested the hundreds of woad seeds from a plant that had been allowed to flower.


I brought a handful home to look at them more closely, and was intrigued by the blue stains on the envelope I'd carried them in. Bundled up in silk, clamped and simmered for an hour this was what was revealed.


Such deep blues and patterns left behind


A happy experiment. 

16 comments:

  1. Oooh, that's a terrific find...and save! Lucky you, that color is GORGEOUS.

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  2. mmm i've done this too, and if you tie them really tightly and/or steam
    then quite often you'll get brilliant violet prints

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    1. Will have to try that, thanks.

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    2. but wanted to add, your blues are superb :)

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  3. Gorgeous shade of blue!
    Beautiful!

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  4. What super results. Dying with woad is still on my 'to-do' list (is it difficult to grow?)

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    1. It's very easy here (Northern England). You can plant the seeds direct in November. Slugs not so keen either - bonus!

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  5. Oh thank you! My woad seeds did not take this year, and I did not know what to do with the rest....I do now!!
    Beautiful colours and prints!

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    1. Look forward to seeing what you do with them...

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  6. Wow! Stunning colour.

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  7. so good, Claire, so good. xoxo

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    1. Thank you Sonia! Hope you had a good break x

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