Dyeing Queen Anne’s Lace
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.
These are really neat, because there is an outline on the paper, and the watercolor paint is only absorbed inside the boundaries.
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:
Pretty nifty, huh?