|(l-r) persimmon, pomegranate and coffee dyed fabrics|
Sue's challenge has been a lot of fun, "to explore the use of natural products to color my fabric". I've been thinking about doing some dyeing with different leaves and spices and fruits for a while, and with this incentive, I've actually gotten a chance to try some things out. Limiting myself to things in the house and yard, coffee, persimmons and pomegranates were my palette.
|Coffee dye bath|
|Coffee on (l-r) natural linen, pearl cotton, silk organza, silk habotai, bleached muslin,|
damask tablecloth and bleached linen
Drying the fabric in the oven, or actually anywhere crumpled up, gave the fabrics a lovely mottled, aged appearance in shades of brown.
|Coffee dyeing, detail|
Surprise - almost all of the color rinsed out, with the exception of the silk organza and habotai. A beautiful, delicate, pale peach remained.
|Silk organza (top left), habotai (right)|
|(l-r) silk organza, pearl cotton, bleached muslin, damask tablecloth, natural linen|