Posted by: aquaplusflora | May 27, 2011

Pineapple Sage

Pineapple sage (salvia elegans) is probably better known as a natural remedy – it’s leaves are used for a herbal tea for indigestion, heartburn and as a general tonic  but of course I’m more attracted to its beautiful flowers

I put them into a large glass jar, add water and vinegar, put it all in the sun and in no time I have a wonderful dye bath

this merino scarf had a couple of turns in the jar – an initial dip before being bundled and steamed with liquid amber leaves and  again after the leaves had made nice prints –  the heat from the steam had dulled the inital pink and turned it a bit too brown  but another spell in the jar brightened it up

this silk scarf had a dip too – the choisya ternata prints were pretty but overall it looked a bit insipid so an overdye solved that – normally I prefer more subtle colours but I forgot it was in the jar and it was left overnight – its actually quite pretty

the dye works well on yarn too – the leicester was in the jar for about 4 weeks

but the merino was much quicker and only needed a couple of days

I have used the flowers directly on fabric too but thats a story for another day

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  1. Jo I have very strong and fond memories of picking sunwarm pineapple sage for a cuppa with an old lady whose house I cleaned as a teenager. Magic colour. Thanks for sharing that

  2. ooh lovely. bet it smells nice too


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