A friend of mine, Ruth Eaton, who designs beautiful contemporary embroidery, had an idea a couple of months ago about producing naturally dyed ribbons.
So we looked at what was available online, and I ordered some silk to start doing some samples.
These three were dyed with, left to right, avocado, nettles and dried hibiscus flowers, with an alum mordant.
With the avocado and hibiscus I strained the dye to remove the vegetation before adding the ribbon, but I left the nettles in with the ribbon, which left interesting mottled marks on the silk.
During my research I noticed that although there are quite a few people already selling naturally dyed ribbons, there are not many selling indigo shibori ribbons.
Always preferring the path less trod, I tried some marbled indigo and arashi indigo designs. 🙂
These are now available in my Etsy shop. Thanks Ruth!