As my dear friend Jeannie has told me,
I have gone over to the 'dark side':
eco dyeing and printing!
I love it!
I've always loved nature, and I spend a lot of time out of doors,
so this new love makes sense.
While walking our dogs a week or so ago,
I noticed that our neighbors had stunning red hibiscus blooming
behind their tennis courts.
We bumped into said neighbor, Bob, this morning
while we all were dog-walking....
and I asked if I could collect the fallen blossoms of his hibiscus.
He immediately shared that it was a Texas Star and
that I could take all that I wanted:
leaves, blossoms, etc
and to please, please, please
prune the shrubs!
So, I have!!!
Isn't it a glorious blossom!
(that is the back-side - planted firmly on my silk!)
You can read lots about the Texas Star here.
So I clipped a few blossoms and some leaves
(Bob allowed that they looked like marijuana leaves -
how did he know????).
hmmmm: they should print well!
Here are my beauties being rolled -
check out the leaves!
I found it fascinating that when I pushed the stamen into the silk
it sprayed a lovely pinkish dye onto the silk.
Right then, I knew I was in luck!
So, here is my bundle ready to go into the steamer
I love how the blossom spread out when rolled.
I lowered my bundle into the steamer,
went off to eat lunch,
and when I checked back,
this is what I saw:
the brilliant red was now a red violet
there were splotches of violet!
Here's the bundle post steaming:
Notice how the star is now a faint yellow.
I don't know if I can wait three weeks to open this bundle!