Swaying Wheat and Dyeing Results Are In

A swaying wheat fabric postcard made on hand marbled evolon, wheat kernels fused using a soldering iron and backed using a metallicky cookie bag.  I'm almost out of candy and granola bar wrappers so last night at our stitchery guild meeting I asked everyone to please save me some wrappers.

Left over piece from my Swaying Wheat Postcard which I made into an artist trading card.

Solar dyeing using dahalia flowers

Very poor solar dyeing results using dahlia flowers.  The cloth was very nice and pinkish when I took it out of the jar that it had been sitting in for almost 2 weeks but when I rinsed it the colour all went down the drain.  Nothing ventured nothing gained though and I'll use the cloth for another dyeing experiment.

Solar dyeing with marigolds

The marigold solar dyeing on this piece of evolon turned out much better and I am quite happy with the results.

Result of rust dyeing

My first try at rust dying turned out very well! Using an old Edwards coffee can I soaked my piece of cotton in vinegar and wrapped the cloth around the can.  I spritzed it with a mix of 1/2 water 1/2 vinegar and this was the result in 1 day.  I soaked it in salty water to stop the rust process and then washed it in soapy water.

Solar dyeing with goldenrod

One cannot tell from the photo but the goldenrod solar dyeing cloth and thread did become a nice yellow though not as dark as the marigold.

These pieces will all go into my small fabric stash and I know I will enjoy using them sometime down the road. 

Have a wonderful Autumn day,


  1. This is great Jeannette. I haven't tried any natural dyeing but you give me courage.

  2. Loved reading about the different dying techniques - wonderful results!


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