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Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Natural Dyes

Last week I dyed [left to right]

2oo g with 900g stinging nettle. [mordant - alum] 2 hrs at 90'C and overnight to cool

200g with 500g Slang Bessie [mordant - alum] 1 hr and 90'C and overnight to cool

then I left 100g in the dye bath and added 1 litre of fermented onion skin water [poo - it stank] But the colour is really pretty.

So now I have 400g of hand dyed yarn and cant wait to dye some more!

The stinging nettle dye bath after 2hrs on the stove. I left it over night to maximise on the green tone, and it definitely helped.

Slang Bessie - indigenous plant that belongs to the same family as the tomato and potato. I have no idea of the colour fastness of this dye bath, time will tell...


Tammy said...

Those are some of the most beautiful colors I have EVER seen.

I am drooling here.

Do you sell your yarns anywhere in the US?

Carle said...

Hi Tammy,

Thanks for the compliments! You are so kind

I want to test the fade resistance of the dyes, and if it is good, then I intend selling them on my etsy page.

Pop over and check the sweet doll blankie I just added!


Amber said...

Wonderful post and always...
So colourful, fresh and creative.
I love it!

Lindy said...

Wow, those are beautiful colours. That's amazing Carle!

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