This past natural dyeing season–that’s Spring, Summer and Fall in Chicago–went so quickly I scarcely had time to consider all that I dyed. I created lots of hand-dyed scraps of natural cloth, including linen, silk and cotton. Some of the cloth was for my personal story cloth making, and some of it was sold in my Etsy shop.
I also repurposed some old vintage linens, mostly hand towels and napkins. Small pieces, some hand-embroidered by others many years ago. There was nothing so wrong about the linens except that aging look and maybe a few pinholes. I naturally dyed many pieces with madder, logwood, Fustic, mint leaves, chamomile, cutch and black walnut.
I enjoy looking at the special touches added to vintage linens back in the day: monograms and sweet embroidery stitches, scalloped edges, drawn work, and “hidden” texture.
Next time: Repurposed cloth Christmas “patchwork” gifts.