|Pomegranate skins soaking; Photo © Karen Thiessen, 2013|
India Flint's Eco Colour has been keeping me company lately. It reads better than some mystery novels: I can't put it down. Over the past few weeks pomegranates have been on sale (3 for $5). I buy them partly for the novelty, but mostly for the skins which are tannin rich. According to India, pomegranate skins are useful for mordanting fabric. She also gently preaches that the longer the mordanted fabrics have a chance to cure, the better. So, now I wait. Not so easy for a redhead.
|Two ingredient soy milk; Photo © Karen Thiessen, 2013|
My husband bought me a trio of my favourite Leucadendron the other day and in the bouquet was a flourish of eucalyptus. Our florist knows us well and he included the eucalyptus because he thought I would like it. I do, but not for the usual reasons. India writes about dyeing fabrics with eucalyptus. I was pretty excited about trying this until I learned that it binds best with protein fibres. I only work with cellulosic fibres (cotton and linen). She then talked about mordanting cellulosic fibres with soy milk (a protein).
|Fabrics soaking in soy milk; Photo © Karen Thiessen, 2013|
|Fabric soaking in red wine; Photo © Karen Thiessen, 2013|
|Red wine mordanted fabric; Photo © Karen Thiessen, 2013|