If you are on Instagram and desire more beauty in your every day life, I highly suggest you follow Shellie from Silk & Willow.
Shellie is an amazing maker artist who works with plants and flowers to dye silk ribbon. She takes such care in her craft – making the wooden spools by hand and hand dying each batch of ribbon. I’ve purchased her ribbon, and this is so much more than the stuff you see lined up at the craft store, this is true art.
From Shellie’s site:
“For thousands of years prior to the advent of synthetic dyes, people have created vibrant colors from natural plant materials. Dyes can be extracted from roots, foliage, nuts, berries and flowers. The dyes produced by nature have many different color pigments that can not be reproduced by synthetic dyes. The complex colors produced by natural dyes have a diversity of rich hues and shades that work in harmony with each other. Color theory will confirm that colors evoke a physiological response. The reaction to natural colors is both calming and alluring. Colors rich in brilliance, yet easy on the eye. I take pleasure in the “slow-craft” of color that connects us to nature, reminds us of tradition, craftsmanship, and respect for the environment.”
I’ve been so inspired by Shellie’s work and super curious about the process of plant dyeing fabric that I snagged her Marigold Dye Kit and attempted to dye ribbon of my own.
The kit is lovingly created and packaged, so it feels like a beautiful treat to yourself from the start. The directions were clear and the final product lovely.
Below are some shots of the process in action. It started with soaking the ribbon and boiling the flowers in water. Then I strained out the flowers, added food grade aluminum sulfate, and plopped in the ribbon. After an hour, I turned off the heat and rinsed the ribbon before letting it air dry and ironing it. The whole process took about 2 hours.
I enjoyed it so much, I’m looking forward to trying other plants and flowers to achieve different colors.
(I am not affiliated with Silk & Willow, nor was I compensated for this post. I just really believe in this work and felt it should be shared)