repurpose clothing, grevillea robusta

a new look on my red acrylic tunic top

Grevillea robusta, also known as silky oak is an evergreen flowering tree with fern-like leaves, and striking yellow-orange comb-like flowers. Note: The flowers and fruit are poisonous and can cause skin irritation, so care and caution should be taken into consideration when handling this plant. Wear glove for protection, it is advisable to cook your bundles outdoor.

striking colors from comb-like flowers

fern-like shaped grevillea, robusta leaf

fern-like shaped grevillea, robusta leaf

I am always learning with my eco-dyeing, and fascinated with the results coming out from my dye pot. I called this my “dye pot journey”. I have had some beautiful pieces, and some bad and unexpected experiment. I never gave up, as this is all part of eco-dyeing–it is addictive! Below are results of grevillea robusta leaf prints on different types of fabric.

logwood dye and grevillea on merino silk fabric

logwood dye and grevillea on merino silk fabric

fresh out of dye pot

violet to purple and strong prints from grevillea.

prints on pre-mordant cotton

prints on 100% acrylic red tunic top.

I am fascinated that it print on acrylic–it must be the tannin from the leaf

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4 Responses to repurpose clothing, grevillea robusta

  1. very pretty, love the intense colors too!!


  2. Susan says:

    I too am surprised it dyed on the acrylic. maybe ‘we’ need to stop bashing it 🙂 but all the prints are quite striking. Thank you.


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