Eco Dyeing with Pyracantha ‘Orange Glow’ Berries
Pyracantha - is listed as an evergreen
shrub - it has very sharp thorns.
This is a follow up with more
experimentation. This time with the
Only this time I used a stainless
steel pot instead of the anodized
aluminum that I used previously.
I started with the leaves
(maybe about 2 cups) I then added water
(this time I used my tap water)
just enough to cover the leaves. I
heated the water, just one boil and
lowered the heat and left it cooking
for about one hour. I added nothing
to this liquid. Turned off the heat
and left it soaking for about 24 hours.
I then strained it -
ooh lala - see the paper towel! I have
high hopes for this one!
The fabric I used is 100% cotton
(fat quarter size) that
I boiled and then added 1 teaspoon
I then put all of this in a jar...
I left it on the window sill for
about one week.
Took the fabric out of the jar
and rinsed it in warm water. I then
used woolite to wash.
Now I'm even more excited because
the color is NOT washing out! Yeah!
Here is the fabric hanging on my
curtain rod drying. Looks good!
Trying to get a good photo of the
color but in each photo the color
I think I would call it a pumpkin
orange leaning to the brown side.
And here it is ironed - the color
stayed the same. With some other
experiments I had the color change
as soon as the iron hit it.
The only other test I would like to
do with this piece is a light test -
by exposing a square to the sunlight
and enclosing the rest of the fabric
with two card board pieces. I will
leave it in the sunlight for a couple
of days and see what happens. Hopefully
it will pass the test.
I am very happy with the results!
It will be interesting to do this
experiment again in the spring just
to see if there is a difference in
color. In the spring the Pyracantha
has white flowers - the berries come
out in the fall.
My next post will be about the
berries that were on this vine -
I'm redoing the experiment again.