Painting the Roses Red…

…or dyeing fabric for the unicorn-manes. One mane is to be yellow, the other pale pink. I used natural dyes for the process, for no particular reason other than that I had the pigments at hand. The yellow dye is tumeric (also known as curcumin) and the pink dye is red wine.

The impact of acid on natural dyes is amazing: When I was preparing the tumeric dye, it started out yellow but turned dark orange. I was confused but then remembered that chalk changes the color of beet root. I knew that the water in our area is on the chalky side, so acid would help. A few squirts of vinegar later, the color was light yellow again.

Now the individual strands are hanging up to dry. Soon they will be assembled on the unicorn helmets. We are almost done!

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