weekly bundle: eucalyptus cinerea

bold prints with iron spoon

I found this long machined knitted fringed scarf at a thrift store in San Rafael for $3 dollars. I can’t tell if the scarf has any wool content in the fiber; the lady at the store told me that it’s acrylic, as it was one of her donation. Acrylic is a synthetic material that doesn’t work well with natural dyes. Nevertheless, I am going to take this challenge to dye it with natural dye.

more bolder prints

Before we headed home, John and I had lunch at Sol Food, a Puerto Rican restaurant. This place was jam-packed with people standing in line on the sidewalk. We were lucky to get a table by the window facing the street. Our meal arrived quickly and the servers are prompt and friendly. I had the vegetarian dish, John had the chuletas fritas. We finished our meal with tembleque, a coconut custard with mango sauce. Some photos to whet your appetite!

rice served with stewed black beans, avocado, fried plantains

Tembleque-coconut custard with mango sauce

Now, piggy back to the scarf.  First I washed it twice with washing soda, and then pre-mordant it with alum. I bundled it up with eucalyptus cinerea (or silver dollar), and some onion skins and boiled it for an over an hour. I left it out overnight in the pot. The next morning, I unwrapped it and much to my surprise, the results was just fantastic! I am not sure it was lady luck’s or perhaps the scarf has a small amount of wool content to uptake the colors.

eucalyptus cinerea

antsy fingers on petals

spots of sage green from onion skins, a reaction from iron

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