In preparation for making a pair of pants using the popular Ginger Jeans pattern I have been putting a piece of stretch bamboo twill through a few paces in the dye pot.
Step 1: A rough concertina fold and a very tight wrapping
Step 2: A simmer and 24 soak in the peppermint (Agonis flexuosa) + iron dye pot (from this post)
Step 3: A forage for local dye plants – wattle, bottlebrush, hibiscus and pomegranate
Step 4: Folding the sides in and rolling around a stick whilst my youngest stomped the flowers down
Step 5: Steaming for an hour
Step 6: Leaving to cool then unwrapping to find what worked – black wattle leaves, yellow wattle spots, red pomegranate and bottlebrush splats –
and what didn’t – the hibiscus! And wishing I was more patient and waiting longer until unwrapping!
Overall it was a little patchy
Step 7: Strengthening the stripes – concertina and simmer / soak in pomegranate and then again in a fresh peppermint dye pot
And now pondering whether I do one last flower steaming before I start to sew as it faded quite a bit with the next stages but then again, perhaps simple is best… What do you think? Am I done?
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