natural dyeing, stork’s-bill weed

this print was made using pre-mordant cotton bundled with pinweed seed pods and persimmon leaf on the right.

this print was made using pre-mordant cotton bundled with pinweed seed pods and persimmon leaf on the right.

Last weekend, the sun was nice and warm with a cool breeze. It was a perfect day to be outside this time of the year, weeding and cleaning up the garden. Some of our fruit trees are budding, and the chickens are busy digging grubs and insects in the dirt. It’s wonderful to hear the chickens clucking while John and I were busy working in the garden.

I found this particular weed growing in a warmer part in our backyard. I’ve seen it pop up before, and each time when I remembered to get some for my experiment, it’s either dead from the summer’s heat or eaten by our chickens.

pinweed, an herbaceous annual plant

pinweed, an herbaceous annual plant

Erodium cicutarium, also known as common stork’s-bill, or pinweed is an invasive weed. It is an interesting plant that is hairy and sticky, with pretty pink flowers and long seed pods. The seed pods are shaped like the beak of a stock; and the seed pod bursts and explode into a spiral when ripe, dispersing seeds into the air.

pretty pink flowers

pretty pink flowers

Below are the pictures using this weed for eco-printing. I am pleased with the results, and happy to share.

spiky weed on piece of silk fabric, bundled with a rusty iron can

spiky weed on piece of silk fabric, bundled with a rusty iron can

dark shadowy lines created from rust can

dark shadowy lines created from rust can

streaky rust lines and seed pods print

streaky rust lines and seed pods print

dark to umber colored and shadowy prints, a result from rust

dark to umber colored and shadowy prints, a result from rust

a fairly good print from the seed pod, and an accidental yellow from unknown plant material

a fairly good print from the seed pod, and an accidental yellow from unknown plant material

an experiment using paper

an experiment using paper

an alien looking print

an alien looking print

yellowish green dye from pinweed on cotton

yellowish green dye from pinweed on cotton

pretty colors in varies shades of browns, greens, and grey…love it

This weed now deserved a good spot in my flower bed, don’t you agree?

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