I’ve always admired the eucalyptus dyes from around the world, mainly Australia.
The trees there are just amazing and create the most beautiful colorways.
After finding some local eucalyptus I thought I’d give it a try. My results are below. I used some eucalyptus picked up in our local area along with other variations that were in a green bouquet that I has purchased for our home. Figured not to let it go to waste!
The dye turned much lighter than I had anticipated. The dye itself was a golden color but the fabrics didn’t seem to pick that up quite well so the results were less than exciting.
After noticing some experiments with iron on social media, I quickly added a quarter tsp of iron into my dye bath. The fabric sat for 24 hours. The results were a light gray with brown undertones.
Adding another 1/4 tsp of iron was just the ticket to accomplish my color. The knit fabric had some slight imperfections but overall I loved it and ended up creating a Union St Tee from Hey June Handmade with it for our upcoming cold weather. The linen/ rayon blend went into the dye bath again for another 24 hr soak. It came out even darker and more beautiful in color. I have yet to create something out of this fabric but I am considering a Fringe Dress from Chalk and Notch, Lou Box Top from Sew DIY or possibly using it in some type of light weight jacket.
Overall I think the eucalyptus dye was definitely worth my efforts. I love that in dyeing you don’t always have to use the your first result. You can keep changing it and morphing it into various colors until you achieve your goal.
So don’t waste that extra eucalyptus in your next store bought flower arrangement!