Hollyhock: Greenish Side of Blue
August 22, 2009
This hollyhock dye experiment was the most joyful of surprises! I have not seen this color before- ever, not from a natural or synthetic source. That is the beauty of a natural dye- the color that emerges, is often not one that can be put into words. Light defines color, and it seems that natural color and natural light create so many subtle variations, that the eye is delighted to no end with the shades and tones that emerge from one plant-based dye applied to one natural fiber, in the soft light of the setting sun.
The beautiful hollyhocks- thank you for your gifts…
This hollyhock came from a lovely root-stock from Spring Hill nursery. The darker and deeper hollyhocks were by far the most useful for dye purposes. I highly recommend this plant for your dye garden. Do you have any hollyhock dye experiences you care to share? I’d be very interested in how this plant may have worked for you, and what colors you may have discovered.