We have several very large and beautiful
in our yard.
They are bright red,
and bloom at least six months
out of the year.
I have taken them for granted -
at least until this week.
Recalling that the red Texas Star Hibiscus
bloom turned blue
I thought I'd give the camellia blossoms a whirl.
I used linen that I had soaked in sea water
while at the beach,
and wrapped the blossoms on a copper pipe.
As soon as I removed my bundle from my pot,
I knew that I was in for a treat:
The red blossoms had thrown off a lovely
Above you can see the resist lines
left from my wrapping string.
I was really very pleased with the results.
I'm not sure if the sea water has
heightened the dye reaction,
and I don't have anymore linen to try a comparison,
but I have since dyed a silk/wool blend scarf
using more of the same camellia blossoms.
I will report back when I unfurl that bundle.
Here is an image showing a bit more of the linen
with the camelia blossom:
As you can see, there is also
a good bit of yellow on the linen...
perhaps from the bright yellow stamens?
Jane asked about my hand made napkins.
I use 100% cotton that I purchase in bulk from
Sometimes I hem the squares,
using a double folded 1/4" hem,
stitching with white 100% cotton thread,
and then I dye them with whatever technique I want.
Usually though, as in the case posted the other day,
I simply zig zag around the edges,
1/4" in, with white 100% cotton thread.
Then I dye.
As the excess outer threads unravel over time,
the napkins really become lovely.
This is a great way to try out new techniques
before jumping into a huge project.
I often dye coordinating table runner fabric at the same time,
but then I quilt those.
It's even nicer to dye two different table runner fabrics.
That way you can just turn the thing over
for a easy change.
Can you tell I am easily bored?
peace to you