It’s spring and daffodils are everywhere. But as the flowers fade they need to be deadheaded, so I thought I’d see if how well they act as a dye.
According to Jenny Dean’s Wild Colour, fresh flowers give a stronger colour than dried, but I had to collect the flowers over a few weeks, so I dried them until I had enough. Then I soaked them in water for a couple of days.
The colour was already a deep yellow after this, but I simmered them for an hour anyway before straining out the flowers.
I added a silk top that I’d mordanted with alum and simmered for another hour, then left it overnight to soak. After washing and rinsing, the top was quite a dark mustard colour.
But this lightened to a more greenish yellow when dry.
Contact printing with geranium (cranesbill) leaves toned the brightness down a bit.
What would Wordsworth think? 🙂