It all started with a bag of dried hibiscus flowers, a gift from my daughter Heather. Apparently they are a really good natural dye source!

Don’t get me wrong.  Hibiscus tea is great to drink, especially with a drizzle of honey.  It’s also helpful for issues such as high blood pressure and the digestive system, as well as cancer prevention.

However, that’s not what I used if for. I just had to try eco dyeing with it!  The bonus was that the process was very uncomplicated, non-toxic and extremely enjoyable!

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Hibiscus-dyed yarn

We (Heather and I) did a test on some skeins of wool to see if there was any difference between pre-soaking in a salt solution or not. As you can see, the colours aren't the same. The skein on the left had a salt soak; the one on the right didn't. They look great in a Wedgewood bowl from my vintage china collection (Mason 'Vista') ...

Source: Photo by Rita Summers

Hibiscus-dyed tops.

Natural light is the best way to capture colour truthfully, and I think this photo comes pretty close. When I hung these eco dyed tops on our kitchen door side by side, it was easy to see the variations in how the different fibres absorbed the dye.

Source: Photo by Rita Summers

Dried hibiscus flower tea

I did save a few dried hibiscus flowers to make myself a pot of restorative tea, but most of them went into the dyepot!

Source: Photo by Rita Summers

Vintage china from my collection

I love vintage china! These items in my collection turned out to be perfect for measuring dried hibiscus flowers for eco dyeing. The jug holds about a quart, and the tea cups hold (you guessed it) a cup.

Source: Photo by Rita Summers

One thought on “Hibiscus – dye or tea?”

  1. Rachel Biel says:

    Gorgeous colors! Pink is my favorite color…. 🙂

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