Sunday, June 28, 2009

solar dyeing

We had some restorative time at the cottage this past weekend. I peeked at, but did not touch, my experiment with solar dyeing that I started the last time we were there.

Birch bark wrapped in a piece of thrift store tablecloth linen, a little coffee, three copper pennies and water - leave in a sunny space for at least a month.

Rushing around is absolutely the wrong thing to do. Instead, sit. Rock. Nurture your idea in your arms for a while.
Clarissa Pinkola Estes


  1. You didn't turn the jar around so that the other side could be in the sun for a bit? Is the dye recipe your own?

  2. No, I didn't turn the jar but that is a good idea. Shall do so next time we visit.

    I'm very excited by using all natural materials and mordents - but am a beginner. Yes, this is my own recipe, but it was inspired by the most amazing natural dye book I have ever read. India Flint's Eco Colour. Highly reccomended.

  3. Anonymous10:31 am

    gonna get that book. yes. she is amazing.
    i and i loved the advice at the end of this post.

  4. oh yes! I have that book too, it is most inspiring. can't wait to see your result ;)


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