I have grown dahlia in my garden just for eating?!! I have yet to try any of them as the dahlias are still flowering at the moment. I have out recently that one can use the dahlia flowers and ivy for dyeing. I have an ivy that is growing round the elderflower tree in the garden. So I am dying to chop it down. What more a better reason to put them in dye pot before it goes to the compost bin.
The flowers are very pretty and with the autumn they are blooming like mad. I have started rolling the fresh flowers (that about the drop off) up in cotton muslin with some ivy bark and leaves. I have found the ivy by chance while looking to buy some mordant and natural dyes online. Dried ivy leaves for sale?? what on earth ?!! I suppose it’s for people who don’t have an excess to a garden.
I started laying them on the dye ready cotton muslin cloth first. Roll it up and tie them up with piece of old yarn. if not one can use a piece of string. One can also put some lime juice if there is any.
Then I steam it like I normally do for procion dyes. This so that with heat from steaming the dye will adhere to the cloth easily. I left it the dye pot overnight.
To make any item dye ready I recommend using synthrapol as it helps to remove an excess oil from the fiber before dying. One can also use washing powder but a lot has written that it doesn’t all the oil.
The next day I remove as much of the dahlia and ivy away. It is then hung to dry outside on a washing line. Once its dry wash the dyed fabric out with synthrapol again.
The result of the dyeing process wasn’t very strong as I didn’t use any mordants. Will post soon more on dyeing with dahlia and ivy using mordants.