Solar Dye experiment
Several months ago I was intrigued by the idea of solar dye==a product made by Jacquard with the dye activated by the sun. With a free afternoon and plenty of sun, I decided to set up an experiment and see what happened. I used a pieced block of tan and cream, picked a fern frond from my front yard, slathered on the dye, layered a piece of acrylic, then the fabric, then the frond, and then another piece of acrylic and put it in the sun.
Although the impression was quite obvious when I first peeked, the dye continued to activate even though I retreated with it into the kitchen to rinse out the dye.
The entire piece has a bluish hue so I think immediate rinsing and perhaps less generous application of dye might give a better result.
Still it was a fun experiment and I’m eager to try again—today was dismally rainy–my garden appreciated the rain but no solar dyeing.