yellow in my dyepot

pretty clusters of golden yellow button-like flowers

Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare), also known as golden buttons, bachelor’s buttons, or buttons of gold, is a tall green leafy perennial, bearing clusters of aromatic yellow round button-like flowers. Unfortunately, this aromatic medicinal plant is considered invasive in some parts of the country. Despite, the fact that Tansy is an invasive weed,  I was interested in growing this plant, as it is an excellent source of yellow dye.

The flowers have an unusual scent, similar to that of camphor. A friend told me that she makes a tea from the flowers and stems to spray around the house to repel flies, ants  and mosquitoes. Tansy, besides being a natural repellent, was also been used for medicinal purposes and in companion gardening with certain crops to repel bugs and insects.

My tansy plant has grown tall and is in full bloom, the stems are heavy with the flowers, that are drooping to the ground. This morning, I had to cut most of the foliage and harvested a basketful of flowers; tied them in bunches and hung them up to dry in the shed.

I kept a handful of fresh flowers for today’s simple experiment. First, I cut up the flower tops and simmered them in a pot with water and boiled them for about an hour.  I then placed some pre-mordant silk fabric in the pot and let it simmer in the pot for another hour or so. The fabric is now an intense yellow shade after only an hour of simmering.

an intense golden yellow dye bath from freshly harvested tansy flowers

rinsed, and ready for the next step

I’ll be completing my experiment later this week, drop by to see the final results.

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2 Responses to yellow in my dyepot

  1. Judy says:

    Your yellow dyed fabric looks like rays of sunshine. Beautiful…. What mordant did you used on the silk pip riot to dying… Thanks


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