“Low-impact dyes.” I saw it often on organic handmade clothes.The ever-lasting store bought colors I discovered use toxic mordants harmful to the environment and a lot of water.

the colors in this collection were soft and personal to me. The baby blue consoled me. The petal pink color felt lovely. I have been working on my closet for over a year. (More on that later. Back to dyeing.) I wanted the colors I wore to feel natural, I feel like the natural patterns would soothe me.

Here is my process and what you need. I was not really sure what I was doing, it took me all day to make this small batch.

I used roses cut from the Park down the road and stored them in the freezer.

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My fabric was this vintage cotton fabric trimming. (I’m almost certain it’s cotton.) I soaked it in hot water for 10 minutes. I took a small bean pot I don’t use and boiled water at medium high.

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 While the water boiled, I placed the petals one by one along the fabric, trying to cover every space. I took them right out of the freezer.

I rolled up it tightly, placed the petals to cover every space of fabric. 

Now, at first i tied it with green twine and just dumped it in the pot. (lol don’t do that you might cook the fabric, and i also don’t suggest green twine it will leave a mark) Tie it with a rubber band and place in the strainer. Place the strainer above the boiling pot of water. I used a paper plate to trap in the steam. I left it like this for one hour.

The bundle scrolls open revealing brown petals with a bruised purple tinge, melted like candle wax.

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I repeated this same steaming technique with the rest of the petals (a total of one cup) I was impressed how beautiful the magenta color was. I did have a cup of roses to boil on its own, but I couldn’t figure out how to get the water not to boil and cook petals. I poured hot brownish – red water into a jar, studied it. I rolled the scroll of new petals and dipped it halfway, hoping for an ombre effect. Instead, it washed out the bottom edge of the color, leaving it cottage white.

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I love this piece of fabric so much. It’s best  seen in natural light.  I have this next project I want to dye and add a crochet edging.  Colors extracted naturally are full of magic. New life is brought back into old fabric. It was therapeutic too, out on a nature walk searching for color. I had so much fun and can’t wait to add plants into my life more.

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