So many beautiful summer plants and flowers, so many possibilities for botanical printing! With my coreopsis in full bloom and a surprise gift of smokebush leaves from a Texan friend, I fired up the dye pot (turned on the gas stove) to experiment with a different kind of dye bath. Usually I use plain water to allow the plants to bring their own beauty to cloth, but this time I used pomegranate powder with a pinch of iron.
First I arranged a sandwich of cotton sheeting, homespun linen scrap, and a couple of small card stocks. Wrapped in a square, it was clamped and set in the dye pot.
I also rolled up a couple of copper pipes with various vintage linens and cloth scraps, using a few coreopsis and pink cosmos flowers, along with rose leaves. I threw in a couple of smokebush leaves for good measure, rolled with cotton string and added to the dye pot.
After boiling for an hour and letting sit overnight on my deck, I unrolled the next morning to find a variety of effects. I’m already thinking of the fun I will have with my next brew!