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)

natural dyeing progress

Step 3: A forage for local dye plants – wattle, bottlebrush, hibiscus and pomegranateGinger Dyeing

Step 4: Folding the sides in and rolling  around a stick whilst my youngest stomped the flowers down

Step 5: Steaming for an hour

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Step 6: Leaving to cool then unwrapping to find what worked – black wattle leaves, yellow wattle spots, red pomegranate and bottlebrush splats –

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and what didn’t – the hibiscus!  And wishing I was more patient and waiting longer until unwrapping!

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Overall it was a little patchy

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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?

Ginger Dye

Ginger Dye
 Useful resources for this post

Shiboru Techniques / Bundle Dyeing by steaming or burying / Dyeing with Eucalyptus 

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Iamalchemy / Susanreesosborne / dyehaus_workshops / botanicalcolors / margariteandrosa / shibori_textiles / caramariepiazza /woollenflower