Colours, colorwheels, and black beans

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Colour wheel closeup

At the moment I have a great fondness for colourwheels and all the colours of the rainbow. You can see it on my Pinterest board – so aptly named ‘Rainbow‘. Check it out on Pinterest!
This also became the theme of my recent holiday in France with my friend Cecile. We decided to do some natural dyeing experiments. And the results were (unintentionally) all the colours of the rainbow. So I made a colourwheel out of them (above).

The first thing we tried dyeing with was black beans and my what a result.

Black Beans Dyeing
From right
1. Black Turtle Beans – 1st bath, Alum mordant
2. Black Turtle Beans – 1st bath, Alum mordant + vinegar after dip
3. Black Beans – 1st bath, Alum mordant
4. Black Beans – later 1st bath, Alum mordant
5. Black Beans – later 1st bath, Alum mordant + vinegar after dip

Cecile (Ways of the Whorl) has written a great post about how we did this so I am just going to send you on to her if you are interested.

The colour I like the best is the middle one (pure black beans) – it’s kinda teal and I do love teal! In fact we both do, Cecile and I.

Take care,

Eddie

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