Thursday, January 15, 2015

warm it up


I have been using a lot of golden colored fabrics - I am very fond of the cool indigo/warm yellow combination. I have run out of the golds. Yesterday, I made a bit more with scraps on hand and some turmeric. I have possibly posted about this before but here it is again, labeled this time so I can find it later and recall how I did it. (top to bottom fabrics: walnut dipped cotton, white cotton sheet, beige mens dress shirt fabric)

1.5 QT saucepan filled with water and 1 TBS of turmeric. Fabric is sort of scrunched down in there.



I stirred it around just a little bit as I heated it to a really bubbling boil. Let it boil for maybe just a minute or two and then removed from heat and let sit for a couple of hours.

I rinsed with cold water until water ran clear. Fabrics had sort of an orange appearance before washing. I threw them immediately into the washing machine with a load of yellow friendly laundry. 

Back to beautiful gold after machine washed and dried, twice. Turmeric dyed fabrics can be expected to fade over time. I haven't found mine to fade much but maybe I just haven't had them long enough? Wondering too if the walnut dip for example possibly acts as a bit of a mordant? Wouldn't that be nice?

I really like the rich, natural warmth in the fabrics that already had some color. The walnut dipped cotton on the left. The mens shirt fabric turned out beautiful too, that one maybe the most surprising.

Probably don't need so many photos, but some warm colors like this in the middle of winter seem so nice. Happy warm up.


6 comments:

  1. Just don't leave it in the sun, as that is the worst for bleaching turmeric in my experience.

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    1. Hi Pia and thank you! Good to know.

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  2. I love this post! It is always exciting and inspiring to watch a color transition like this and I appreciate the clarity of the pictures and text. I've never dyed with tumeric, but I feel that now I will. Thank you!

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    1. Thanks. It's not a fussy process and that definitely appeals to me. Have fun, Dana.

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  3. Thanks for the step-by-step Susan. Those yellows are yummy!

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    1. Thanks, Julie. Definitely some cheerful colors. That middle yellow like the center of a daisy.

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