The wind took down a branch of my neighbor’s Bradford Pear tree. I remember collecting pear leaves last summer and they resulted in a much lighter/boring tan color. But, I had lots of leaves, so I persisted.
I stripped the leaves and used them for my dye decoction. My test strip showed up backyard yellow, but, a nice yellow, so I let the pot sit overnight. The next morning when I peaked, my test strip had faded. Bummer. But on second look, it was a rosy-tan. That was my first color shifting.
I prepped a couple pieces of cotton fabric–one for printing, and one for shibori-folding. I’m not really excited about the printing sample…I left it in the dye pot for a long time to get nice color. But in that amount of time, I lost most of my bright print-mordant. The dark (ferrous) survived so I know it’s Pear:) That’s my disclaimer…but… WAHOO!! Rosy tan from the backyard!!
When I pulled the folded piece out of the pot, it was tan on the outside, and a little yellow-beigier on the inside. As I exposed it, the color went lighter and yellower and tanner. It’s ended up a light rosy tan. Another color shift!
It keeps changing. I hope there’s more wind, so I can gather more leaves!!
Pears are part of the roseacae family so I’ll be looking for other “sibs!”