How we celebrated summer solstice (kind of for a year)

Posted on June 26, 2022Comments Off on How we celebrated summer solstice (kind of for a year)

Solstices are interesting days. In winter I long to see more and more light during the day, in summer I crave to feel more and more coolness of nights. Simple celebrations of solstices are new to me. We have celebrated just few of them since I became more and more aware of present moment and of my weather related mood changes.

Funnily, we started this year summer solstice celebration last year. Let me explain…

The plan was to make a fabric garland to hang on our loggia to decorate it, make some shade and nice movable object during breezy and windy days. I intended to use the technique of wax-resist dyeing and also dye fabrics with natural dyes. But it took me quite a long time to get into learning at least a little about natural fabric dying.

A year ago

old T-shirts

I grabbed few old T-shirts and made a “pattern” for cutting. The “pattern” was just an A4 size sheet of paper.


Pieces are cut.


Waiting for wax to be melted above a candle in my aroma lamp.

waxing fabrics

We worked on an old baking sheet so it is easy to clean if necessary. B. applies hot wax with our new tool – brass canting – for the first time.

waxing fabric

I try to apply wax with a paintbrush. The wax cools down so quickly.

And that’s it. We have come so far last year.

Last week

I took waxed fabrics out of my unfinished projects basket last week. And continued where I had finished.

dying solution

Dye bath of common mallow (Malva mauritiana L. Mauritiana).

dyed fabrics

The effect was not great. All the fabrics where slightly lightly brown. So I decided to use curcuma.

Second try

salt bath

All the fabrics dipped in the salt bath while curcuma dye bath is boiling.

curcuma dye bath

While boiling I added a bag to dye.

curcuma dye bath

Fabrics in the curcuma dye bath. It was necessary to dye them cold otherwise the was would melt. I let them sit there for about 24 hours.

dyed products

These are the dyed products. Color of the bag that was boiling does not have such a vibrant color like the fabrics.

removing wax

My removing wax working station. Kitchen table. Between a bowl for water and a bowl B. did not clean up after his snack. Between dried marjoram and a napkin holder. Newspapers absorb iron melted wax.

hanging fabrics

Hanging fabrics drying after a wash.



Patterns we waxed have been dyed at some extent. They are not white as I expected, they are lighter yellow. Wax left greyish and greenish stains on fabrics which look like mold.

pizza dye

B. said this piece looks like pizza. Overall, I like the color, it is beautifully yellow and orange – it varies, depending on the quality of T-shirt fabric. I am sure I will dye with curcuma more. I think I will never ever do this kind of wax-resist dyeing.

fabric garland