I’m sure you guys known by now that I’m fascinated with natural dyes. I’ve tried fruit and vegetables, and I’ve tried eco-dyeing bundles with flowers. It’s so rewarding to experiment with different ingredients and the end-results are always a surprise. I have been continuing with my experimentation and last night I dried using a few different types of flowers on their own to see what colors they would yield. I love the idea of using flowers to dye Easter Eggs so I got some eggs to experiment on, as well as some crochet doilies.
The three types of flowers I started out with are carnations, purple daisies, and yellow poms.
I always feel a little bit bad picking apart the flowers, but they look so pretty! The colors remind me of our March catalog.
I filled each pot with a small amount of water and let the flowers simmer to extract the dye.
It looked like the carnations were losing their color a little bit so I added in some of these fuscia colored daisies from another bouquet, and that really seemed to do the trick.
The pink dye is such a beautiful shade and I love how the petals look so I left them in there.
The doily took the dye really well! It’s such a beautiful vibrant pink shade. The eggs seemed like they were taking longer to soak up the dye so I left them in the jar overnight.
In the morning the eggs were a beautiful shade of pastel pink!
The yellow dye is a really soft, pale yellow so I left the doily in that one overnight as well. Unfortunately in the morning the doily still didn’t really take on much color.
The purple daisies actually made a really pretty light green color! I left the eggs and a doily in this one overnight too.
In the morning they were the most beautiful shade of light grass green! This was my favorite color of all.
Have you guys tried dyeing with flowers? I’d love to hear about it!
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Photos by Julia.