colors from weed

an invasive weeds with tap roots


Oxalis or Sour grass is a common weed with pretty yellow flowers. They grow freely in lawns and meadows. It is an invasive plant that propagates and spread quickly through its underground bulbs. While I was out walking on the trail, I saw a small area filled with the prettiest yellow Oxalis (as they are prolific this time of the year). I bend over and picked a bushel and enjoyed the rest of the walk home.

After soaking the oxalis in a bucket of water overnight, I simply poured its entirety into a pot and bring to boil, and then simmered for an hour or more for a deeper yellow. I strained off the Oxalis and returned the pot to the store. Then I added a teaspoon of alum that was dissolved with some water, before I placed the fabric with the dye bath.

With alum, oxalis gives a pretty yellow (the color reminds me of the cute little leghorn pullet).  I also tried adding a couple of rusty objects and eucalyptus leaves to this dye bath to see the color variation. Below is snippet of pictures from this experiment.

L-R: dyebath with eucalyptus and rusty objects; dyebath with alum

L-R: yellow from alum dyed, light to deep sage green from eucalyptus, rusty objects.

*Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Melinda Tai and Obovate Designs with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. Thank you for visiting, I welcome all your comments.

“A smile is worth a thousand words, live happy, dye happiest”.

This entry was posted in dyeing and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s