natural dyeing, honeysuckle

yellow and pink honey suckle flower

Japanese honeysuckle, Lonicera japonica is an evergreen, and a fast growing climbing vine with fragrant trumpet-like flowers. Humming birds and butterflies are attracted to its sweetly scented creamy yellow and purple-tinged flowers. The dried flowers ( jīn yín huā, literally “gold silver flower in Chinese) are used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat certain ailments.

Here is a glimpse of “before and after” from today’s post. The leaf stained green, perhaps due to tannin; the flowers stained yellow, and light to dark chocolate from the stems. I am surprised and happy with the results. I am thrilled to share.

layout on a piece of merino silk fabric for this experiment.

the greens are the outcome of tannin from leaf, and flowers a faint to light yellow

hues of green and yellow from leaf and flowers; browns from stems.

hues of green and yellow from leaf and flowers; browns from stems.

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4 Responses to natural dyeing, honeysuckle

  1. Linda St Angelo says:

    Wow, the yellow flowers did a beautiful job of coming out on the cloth. Now I am going to have to go to the store and buy a plant…. actually, need to buy several different ones… ha-ha. The fabric came out beautiful. How long did you boil it for?


    • mltai says:

      Thanks Linda, I am sure you will not regret it as the flowers are fragrant and pretty. I boiled the bundle for about an hour as it was a small piece. ❤


  2. Susan says:

    I too am surprised at the yellow….half the time they ‘trick you’ and nothing happens!! Nice.
    what do you do with all your pieces?


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