Hello and Happy New Year! I hope you all had a fantastic December and Christmas season! I feel almost as busy today as I did a couple weeks ago, but luckily I had a nice visit back home for Christmas and a restful New Year's in Vancouver.
One project that I was busy working on in December was trying my hand at using red cabbage to create a natural dye for fabric. I had read that red cabbage makes an excellent deep blue dye and I wanted to try it with some canvas I had bought. My goal was to create a nice stormy blue colour, to mimic the sky, however my original cabbage dye was more of a mauve sunset than a cloudy night.
I sliced up one medium sized red cabbage and allowed it to simmer with a few litres of very salty water. After about 45 minutes I separated the cabbage from the dye and added my fabric. I let the fabric sit in the dye overnight.
This was the colour of the fabric after removing it from the dye — not exactly what I was aiming for.
It turned a nice soft purple when it was dry, which was very beautiful, but in no way served the purpose I needed it to.
So finally I resorted to good old fashioned navy blue fabric dye, straight from the box. I mixed the dye according to instructions and then folded my fabric into quarters, laying it out on a plastic surface and then applying the dye in puddles, letting some spots get more saturated than others. My final product looked like this: