A blue batch of solar dyeing

Most easily available natural dyestuffs give beige gold or beige.

So discovering something that gives blue is a very useful event.

Black beans. Ordinary ones, from the local supermarket.

They went into the jars of water at the beginning of September, and produced a surprising amount of colour by the following day.

After a few weeks of rather disappointing autumn weather, the scarves I put in were a lovely pale blue.

So the next tasks on the to do list are:

  • Try the same beans with electric power in the slow cookers. This may produce a darker colour.
  • Try over dyeing fabric that has already been dyed gold. Logically that should come out a nice green. If the blue tint is overpowered by the gold, that one may not work.



About The Proof Angel

I am a freelance editor and proofreader, working with a wide range of clients from large companies to individuals. I can help you to communicate clearly by carrying out a final check, or by suggesting ideas get your message over. I am an Advanced Professional Member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading. I also have a sideline in textiles, as The Rainbow Angel.
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