Inspiration: Dyeing with Oak Galls

 

Tinctory's Oak Galls Dye

tinctory: Oak Galls Dye.

I’ve been increasingly interested in Natural Dyes these days. This week, I ran across this beautiful website called tinctory. Eva, a woman from the UK has a beautiful aesthetic with Natural Dyes.  In the photo above, she’s dyed silks, cottons and wools. The grey fabric has been mordanted later with iron.

She uses her dyed  fabric to create jewelry by smocking her swatches into little organic looking pendants.

Today I’m going on a hike, picnic and will hopefully  harvest some Oak Galls. It’s gall hunting season! Stay tuned to see what I find.

 

Floral wrapping paper from my backyard

A quick easy way to create floral wrapping paper. Click the photo to zoom

In my previous post, I gathered some flowers from my backyard. Using a hammer, and spraying the paper with a soda ash mixture, I pounded the flowers until pigment started to leach into the paper.

I let it dry for about 4 hours and the floral paper was ready to use. You can use this technique on silk cotton and wool too!