red and yellow flowers

arrangement of blossom

red blossoms and yellow forsythia

What do the colors red and yellow symbolize during the Chinese New Year?  According to Chinese culture, red symbolizes good luck for the coming new year, and yellow symbolizes great wealth and growth. To usher in the New Year, floral and plants of similar colors are often used to decorate around the house.

My favorite flower for this festive season are chrysanthemum, cherry blossom, and forsythia from our garden. I especially love the crimson cherry blossoms, as it has light fragrant and looks really pretty. It’s a pity they fade and withered away so quickly.

I am curious if these flowers give color? Hence, this little experiment of using the spent flowers in eco printing with wool and silk fabric.

crimson cherry blossom on wool

crimson blossom on silk

pink cherry blossom on wool and silk

forsythia on wool and silk

twigs and flowers for dyebath

When I completed the experiment, I found out the cherry blossoms and forsythia did not contact print, however, they did stained with a light green on the silk fabric. I am quite pleased with the results from the wool fabric. The bundle had been simmered in the dye bath of twigs and flowers for an hour.

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