Witchcraft 101

Title courtesy India Flint. Thanks India.

These are the little beauties I pulled out of my pot the other day. 

Question now is what can I make with them? That’s one I’m throwing to all you out there. Drop me a line with your suggestions. One more little query I have for the dyeing experts out there.  When I ironed the pieces the colours faded. I used a low setting but to little avail.  Is there a solution?

PS: One of the things I love about natural dyeing is my kitchen smells like ‘the bush’ after a summer storm. Fresh and alive.


About Elisa Bartels

A ceramic artist/designer and sporadic botanical dyer chatting and photographing the trials, tribulations and celebrations of being an artist who doesn't want to starve.
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5 Responses to Witchcraft 101

  1. amanda taylor says:

    Iron under a pillow case?

  2. 52weeks2011 says:

    They look paler when you iron them because you are drying the fabric. Anything wet looks darker. Natural dyes, as you know, are pale and subtle (normally). They will also fade with exposure to sun/light/air/water etc. That’s natural!
    What to make? Piece together to make a large cushion so you can see all the beautiful records of your resist dyeing.
    Gorgeous work Elisa!

  3. india says:

    hmm. here’s a link to some “pale and subtle” natural dyes [no chemistry or photoshop involved]
    Elisa i’m wondering whether there’s chlorine in your water? but to brighten them again, think about a post-dye dip…such as the old magic potion for dark, or a copper scrap based solution just to brighten colour

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