From Beans

runner bean dyeing 1 runner bean dyeing 2

black beans can be used for dyeing, so why not runner beans?

when i was cooking up a batch of runner beans last month, i noticed that the water in the pot was getting a lot of color and decided to try dyeing with it.  i combined the water from three simmers together and added three skeins of cotton embroidery floss that had been treated with a soybean pre-mordant.  i dyed with heat and afterwards, treated the floss with an alum mordant.

the result looks much like what i achieved with chestnuts, but when they are placed side by side, there is a discernable difference.  the color from runner beans is brighter and clearer and has less beige than that from chestnuts.  perhaps the best way to describe the variation?  women’s foundation.

黒いんげん豆は染めに使えるので、もしかして花豆も...?

先月花豆を煮ていた時に思い立って、その場で実験開始。煮こぼした汁三回分をあわせて、その中に先媒染済みのコットン刺繍糸を三カセ入れました。染め液を沸騰寸前まで温めたら火を止め、常温までさましたらミョウバンで媒染。再び温め、今度は火を止めたらしばらく浸けてからすすぎました。

色は栗と同じ?と一見思いますが、比べてみると微妙ですが差はあります。花豆の方が明るく透き通っていて、ベージュが少ない肌色になりました。ピンクオークルとオークルってところですね!

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  1. Such a sweet colour and interesting experiment.

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