dyeing with ornamental prunus

You know those purple cherry trees that used to line every street in Melbourne? This is some of the colour held in those purple-black leaves. How strange that red leaves usually yield greens… and that greens are the hardest colours to find in natural dyes!

Prunus on wool

Prunus on wool mordanted with alum and cream of tartar

 

5 thoughts on “dyeing with ornamental prunus

  1. Belinda Joy Sheekey

    yes! i love this tree! i did some plant-print dyeing with prunus leaves a few months ago and they left the loveliest rich hunter green coloured print on the fabric (silks and wools).
    aaah jules i would love to come and work at the melb store with you for a week so we can swap dyeing stories!
    x bel.

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  2. balanda

    Beautful green. Is it fast? I will have to try this the next time I am in Melbourne, if I find some trees.

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