Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Adventures In Natural Dyeing: Pomegranate
You may recall back in the fall, I experimented with some natural dyeing techniques and made this fall scarf. Today I'm bringing you part two in my natural dyeing adventures, and showing you what happened when I experimented with a pomegranate....
This time I did a little tie dye, which I'm excited to try again, and I was pleasantly surprised at the soft billowy pink scarf that resulted in this dyeing project.
If you would like to try this for yourself, here is what you'll need:
* One pomegranate (the fresher the better)
* Gauze, cheese cloth, or any white cotton
* An old pot
First things first, go out and buy yourself the ripest, juiciest pomegranate. Mine was a bit old and I can't help but wonder had I used a newer pomegranate if my dye would have been brighter. Once you have your fruit in hand, split it half, and add it to your pot of water. Fill the pot up about 3/4 full of water and boil on maximum heat until half the water is gone. Then lower the heat to minimum. In total you should let your pomegranate boil for about two hours.
Once you have completed your dye, cut your fabric to the size you want for your scarf and tie it off if you want a tie dyed effect. Then immerse it in your pot of dye. At this point you are no longer boiling the liquid. I let mine sit over night. But the longer you leave it the darker it will be. I would say at least 10 hours. Once I decided mine was done sitting, I rang it out and took off the elastics and threw it in the dryer for half an hour. And just like that I had a blushy pink scarf. A perfectly festive scarf just in time for Valentine's day!
Posted by Alessia at Wednesday, February 08, 2012