Winter Dye Inspiration
Experimental dyeing on pre-mordanted silk ribbons in the winter has yielded some rather beautiful results.
After creating an immersion bath (think steeping tea bags, but use buddliea seeds/seed pods instead), I went on to try some bundle dyeing, again using pre-treated silks.
NB: Health & Safety - always use separate non-reactive bowls and utensils for your plant dyeing. Work in a clean well-venitlated space, and keep dye baths away from children and animals. We also advise to wear gloves and other protective equipment in case of allergic reactions.
Buddleia seeds are tiny (only mm in length), encased in a sturdy seedpod to protect them. Imported by Victorian plant hunters to the UK, this non-native plant produces a profusion of pink to purple flowers on pendulous heads during summer months, and a rather less appealing mass of brown seed heads in winter.
The top silk ribbon in the image above shows the results of the immersion dyeing - a beautiful golden cream colour, one I am sure that brides and florists might rather desire!
The ribbon at the bottom was bundle dyed using seeds (and seed casings - they were just too difficult to remove), on pre-treated super wide silk ribbons. I love the energy in these, like an explosion of nature dotted across the ribbon.