Monday, April 4, 2011

Natural Dyeing with Bougainvillea

I started natural dyeing with these beautiful bougainvillea on 28th March. So excited that it is finally done and the colours are so beautiful and soft.


The following scene might be a little disturbing for some people...


but this is simply beautiful..


Ultra Merino is for me!


Hapii Feet


Merino/Mulberry Silk DK


and New Sock.

10 comments:

ManuOcc said...

Hi, I am amazed at the beautiful result you got. I live in Ghana where bougainvillea abound but I never thought they could be used. Please could you let me know how you proceeded? Thanks so much.

knitterPat said...

Thank you:) The yarn is mordanted with alum before immersing in the bougainvillea bath for about 3 to 5 days in the sun. No boiling is required.

Imogen Eve said...

Just discovered this pinterest. Beautiful. Thank you for the inspiration.

knitterPat said...

Thanks:)

Susan Farmer said...
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Susan Farmer said...

How many flowers to yarn? It is delightful

Paco said...

Good day, Ma'am!

How do I get in contact with you?

I'm a fashion design student from the Philippines, and for my thesis (for my graduation) I intended to do bougainvillea dyeing on fabrics for an eveningwear collection.

I would love to get your input and your advice on how to go about the process.

You can reach me at pacoserafica@gmail.com

I hope to hear from you, Ma'am.

FERNANDO GALLARA said...

Does it stay permanently? What kind of mordant do you use?

goatsfoot said...

The colour looks absolutely gorgeous, but given the pigment is apparently related to beetroot, I'm wondering if it's at all lightfast. What results did you get eventually from the wool?

Susan Farmer said...

I have no idea I would love to know my self.