Dyeing Queen Anne’s Lace

July 15, 2014

If you’re not familiar with Queen Anne’s Lace, it’s a wildflower that grows in fields and along side roads.  It’s white, so that makes it a prime candidate for dyeing it different colors.

When I was a kid, we used liquid food dye to do the job.  I don’t know if those dyes are off the market now, or just not in local stores, but I couldn’t find them anywhere.  And I wanted to dye some flowers as a crafty project to do with granddaughter Ellie when they were visiting here earlier this month.

I tried some tubes of “write-on” icing I had to color the water, but that was a bust.  The flowers didn’t take up any of the color, but instead just drooped and died.

I’d about given up on the idea until Ellie and I painted some pictures.

grranddaughter painting

These are really neat, because there is an outline on the paper, and the watercolor paint is only absorbed inside the boundaries.

We had a lot of fun doing those pictures.  I highly recommend them… there are not only fairy ones, but the magic canvas painting sets also come with Dragon Pictures , Mermaids, and one called Coral Reef that has pictures of fish.

There are also Birds of Paradise” pictures, balloons, butterflies, and oh yes! Can’t forget the lovely set of PRINCESSES which I almost bought, then opted for fairies instead. Maybe another time we’ll do the princess pictures!

That evening I got to thinking about our crafts, and figured I could use the watercolors to dye the Queen Anne’s Lace.  They were in little bottles, a liquid like the food dyes I was looking for and couldn’t find.  So I gave it a shot to see if it would work, and this is what we ended up with:

queen-annes-laceWe ended up with yellow, blue, red, green and purple flowers!  That’s plain white in the back of the bouquet.

Pretty nifty, huh?

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