Hollyhock blossoms produce rust and red natural dye colours. Also mauves, magenta, pinks and tans depending on the colours of the blossoms and mordants used.
- Use fresh blossoms from Hollyhock plants. Remove them from the plants and add them to a dyepot filled with water. Soak the flowers overnight.
- Simmer for 1/2 – 1 hour and strain.
- Add Glauber’s Salt to the dyebath and mix thoroughly.
- Add clean, premordanted wool into the dyepot.
- Simmer for x-about an hour or until sufficient colour is obtained.
- Allow the dyepot to cool. Then remove the wool and rinse.
- Let dry.
- Save the Hollyhock stems for making paper.
- Use wool premordanted with Alum.
- Try using Tin, ammonia or Blue Vitriol mordant to obtain different colours.
Natural Dye Books
Wild Color, Revised and Updated Edition: The Complete Guide to Making and Using Natural Dyes
Botanical Colour at your Fingertips
The Modern Natural Dyer: A Comprehensive Guide to Dyeing Silk, Wool, Linen and Cotton at Home
A Weaver’s Garden: Growing Plants for Natural Dyes and Fibers