I've been trying out some dyeing lately- like Dyeing wool & fleece. [: It' sgreat fun and I've been experimenting with Natural Dyes. So far, most of my colours have come out really pale- but I'm thinking that might be a mordanting problem (Mordant is a chemical- or substance *hehe, they used to use old urine!*, I'm using Alum- that helps the dye grip onto the wool).
I've been collecting plants and things that give off a colour- here are some of my first little gatherings (most from my own garden)!With some of the tougher dyestuffs, you need to soak them in water overnight, or even for a week or so!It's a really magical and long process, kind of like what I imagine potion-making to be like at Hogwarts! hehe. I've even got a big cauldron! Wish me luck- I'm going to be dyeing with some Logwood tonight- it should (hopefully) come out a violet/lavendar colour!
Have you ever done any tie-dyeing? Batik? Natural dyeing? I'd love to hear your experiences. :]