Dyeing with plants is more time consuming and less predictable than dyeing with acid dyes.
Why do I continue to do it?
There is something intriguing about foraging for a plant on our property, I would normally not give a second thought to and creating something useful with it.
My latest dye experiment was with a plant called Horsetail. I noticed a large patch growing along the corner of one of our fields. I had never noticed Horsetail growing on our property before, funny how much more aware we become of our surroundings when we go into forage mode.
The ratio of plant to wool was 5 to 1. We picked more than enough, without even making a dent in the Horsetail patch.
|Extracting the Dye|
When I started this project, I was hoping for a pale pink....
I ended up with a shade of green. I guess soil conditions and time of harvesting can affect the color you end up with. Maybe next time...
On a side note-
Horsetail is used in folk medicine to treat urinary and bladder conditions and for healing wounds.