Tuesday, July 24, 2012

fun in the kitchen - don't assume I cook~!!!!

This is a "Technique Week" on the Yahoo Group Fiber Art Traders - we are having 'fun in the kitchen' this week, experimenting with 'natural' dyes - so if roses and kool-aid count, I'm in!

Here's my progress so far:
Black Cherry Kool-Aid makes awesome dye - 4 pkts per quart w/T salt

Red Rose petals steeped in salty water yielded a beautiful pink/purple dye bath

results of black cherry kool-aid

I did socks, too... this is still wet in this pic.

turmeric make a really intense yellow dye - a little goes a long way!

Lutradur does not take the dye very well... boo!

but I kept trying anyway!

the jar has half  turmeric, half b-c/k-a
and the results:
wet - after microwave heat setting... turmeric, black cherry, red roses

finished, pressed and folded - ready for art - Lutradur, muslin, Kona pfd, old socks, and cotton batting scraps
The pieces at lower right were dyed with a small jar of "leftovers" to get an orange transition - and the pink blotches on the pieces at lower left.... that's where the roses and the black cherry made friends while still wet...

Today's process... resist!  Of course I can't resist resist!

Hoping to have time to post more results later ~ bye for now!


  1. Your results are amazing!!! Can't wait to see what you create with all these goodies!
    Hugz, Nj

  2. Awesome! I had done onion skins and poke berries and a few others years ago, but haven't done these. I haven't done dyes in a few years, but mostly do procions. Wish I had the time again, sigh!

  3. Wow, I love the results that you got !I am in love with that intense yellow from the tumeric! :)
    Hugs and I might have to give that a try. :)

    1. I THINK turmeric will dye almost anything - I had to bleach the yellow stains on my countertop when I was done!n I want to try it on something wood today.

  4. Very cool! I painted wood with blue Kool Aid - it may have been a picture frame, I can't remember - but the results weren't nearly so dramatic.

    1. I found that wood took a long time to absorb the Kool-aid... I let the Popsicle sticks soak in it for about a week.


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