Solar dyeing process

In her book “Slow Stitch”, Claire Wellesley-Smith, talks about the process of slow solar dyeing. Part of my slow practice has always involved dyeing, printing and painting of the textile medium, however I had never tried using solar power as the medium to fix natural dye to the fibre. As I mentioned before, my process is becoming more and more sustainable as time passes. I am now growing my own dye garden which has become a very enjoyable part of my textile process. I felt it was time to try the solar dyeing method and this is what happened:

White yarn immersed in water and 1/2 a teaspoon of allum powder and two french marigolds.

White merino yarn immersed in water with 1/2 teaspoon of allum powder and coffee grounds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yarn in coffee grounds after 5 days exposed to the sun

Yarn in French Marigold after 5 days exposed to the sun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opening the jar with the marigolds for the first time after 5 days…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opening the jar with coffee for the first time after 5 days…

Yarn in coffee before rinsing…

After a good rinse…marigold (left), coffee (right).

 

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