Tuesday, April 17, 2012
turmeric dyed part two:
a few days ago, i decided to take a chance, and dye and old white t shirt using turmeric.
remember when i dyed the easter eggs?
for a long while, i have been wanting to dye fabric using the beautiful yellow spice.
I filled a big bowl with about 2 cups of hot water, then added probably a 1/4 c of turmeric.
I then hung the shirt in the wall, and let the bottom of the shirt dangle in the water.
I watched it wick up. after a few mins, i would lower the shirt more into the mixture, and add cool water (about 2 cups at a time) to the bowl.
I was trying to go for an ombre effect.
i then let it drip dry outside. i then washed it in the machine. BE CAREFUL not to wash it with anything you dont want a little yellow! turmeric really stains quickly!
I def. want to do this project again, but using something else. Would make a great gift idea. Maybe dye some newborn onsies for a baby shower, or dye some cheesecloth, to make a beautiful scarf..endless possibilities.
i know i have talked a bit about what turmeric is before..but if you didnt know, turmeric is used for gardening ( keeps the ants away), good for facials ( used as a microbial), medicinally ( Turmeric is currently being investigated for possible benefits in Alzheimer's disease, cancer, arthritis, and other clinical disorders. As an example of preliminary laboratory research, turmeric ameliorated the severity of pancreatitis-associated lung injury in mice: found at wikipedia), cooking of course, and cerimonial uses in India..so many cool things can be done using turmeric!
anyways, hope you get to try this!