This past weekend was incredibly mild weather here in Michigan. To the tune of fifty degrees. If it had been sunny, wearing a coat would have been a debatable thing.
I was outside in the backyard doing some fall clean up chores and kept stepping on these pesky things:
I don't really know what they are. They look like cherries (clearly they are not) so that's what I call them. Crab apples? Too small for that? No idea. But I have LOT of them milling about on the ground and I noticed that when they pop, they spit out colored juice.
So I gathered this together and mosied out to the blacktop driveway:
I've kind of got the whole natural dyeing thing on the brain, just as little experiments and these seemed like they have potential.
So I layered the fabric, one layer on the bottom, dumped the cherries on top and then a second piece of fabric on top:
Commence the whacking with the hammer:
Funny thing about the cherries - they roll incredibly far and shoot out like little bullets when hit just so. I ended up rolling the fabric like a little burrito to keep the buggers inside and I was able to completely pulverize them:
Kind of pretty. A little stinky since they are busy rotting. But still kind of interesting results anyway:
There are a few things about this that go outside my normal way of working. #1 is that I rarely work on white fabric. But I knew whatever pigment was left in these wouldn't stand a chance against a color fabric so I yanked out some off white Kaufman solid I had in the stash.
The other thing that is different about this for me is that its got pink on it. Pink. My least favorite color in the world. I tend to approach that color much like my sewing machine these days - we're getting used to each other. I'm curious to see if I can work with this color in a way that jives with everything else I do.
I want them to dry out before I rinse them. My theory being that the longer it has to stain, the better the stain will hold. I could be totally wrong. I'm hoping I come away with nifty marks after a water rinse (I know better then to run this through the washer) and then I can start building a piece for the show I'm in in April.
I left them in the garage to dry since its supposed to rain. Wanna bet me the garage smells like a compost pile? ;-)
I'll post what becomes of them, hopefully something interesting.