No I haven’t incurred severe bruising following some sort of freak accident. The title of this post is my seamless segue from the topic of black & white in the last one to my latest creative endeavour.
I have been dyeing using kitchen waste.
The dyestuff was the liquid left over after soaking black beans.
The resulting dyed fabric (originally my sons’ old white cotton school shirts) is blue!
I also threw in a small amount of wool yarn. This had previously been dyed a very nondescript beige using red rose petals, so I’m not sure if the resulting greener hue is a result of that or the simple fact that wool and cotton are different. Or perhaps a combination of both reasons.
Dyeing with black beans is SO easy. I followed the instructions found on this blog post. I do have the required powders to mordant with alum and tannin, but don’t yet have a separate pan for their safe use (they shouldn’t be used in pans normally reserved for cooking) so I left that stage out. I’ll have another go when I get hold of a second hand pan to use for my home dyeing, and I’ll be able to note the differences.
After soaking the beans I used this recipe to make a delicious black bean chilli. Since the recipe calls for cans of black beans and the whole point was that I needed to use the ones I had soaked, next time I’ll cook the beans separately for half an hour before adding them.
I am feeling very virtuous and in tune with the planet! 🙂