Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Local Plants

I promised myself to try to dye some fabric using local plants while I was on holiday in the south of Italy.

I did some research on the internet about using eucalyptus leaves.

I did the right steps.

Collect the rain water.

Collect the leaves.

Some dried and some fresh, just to see what would happen.

Prepare the pot.

Cut up the fabric.

I had a perfect white, cotton dress
that I didn't wear anymore.
Boil 1hour and 15 minutes.

Sadly, it didn't go well...but the kitchen smelled nice.

Trouble shooting:
maybe needed more leaves,
maybe the plant wasn't the correct variety.

It was fun trying.


  1. did you add Alum as a mordant ?

  2. This is easier with silk or wool. Clare is right, you have to mordant the cotton, preferably BEFORE dyeing. Aluminum acetate is best.

  3. Thank you Clare and Kim for your comments. I read on-line that eucalyptus leaves self mordant which is one of the reasons I wanted to try them. I will try again next summer with more of a leaf to water ratio and I will bring some alum from home.