Lots of dyeing!

Well, the skeins dyed so far look gorgeous – totally different to the colours you get with chemical dyes. The blackberry leaves came out a mid brown colour with the wool mordanted with copper and a gorgeous golden yellow in the exhaust bath with a skein mordanted with alum and cream of tartar. The skein dyed with some unidentified plant which has been soaking over winter in a black bin outside came out a sort of browny cream colour. Okay but not very exciting. This morning I cooked up some forsythia leaves which Jill Goodwin says ought to come out a nice green colour (A Dyer’s Manual). Though she reckoned the brown skein above ought to have been blue green and the alum skein pink so I don’t know what to believe! I will dye some wool with it tomorrow anyway.

I also had a busy afternoon dyeing with some Kool Aid which someone sent me in a swap ages ago. I did it in the microwave following these instructions. They were pretty effective too, but I don’t much like the sickly smell, which refused to go away despite about 5 rinsings… After seeing the natural dyed yarn I really don’t like the look of these chemical dyes very much – goodness knows what it does to kids’ stomachs!

So the washing line is pretty full at the moment!

If my camera doesn’t arrive soon I’ll dig out my old one, which now belongs to DS2, and take some photos with it…

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2 Comments:

  1. Hmmm, I personally don’t agree. Chemical dyes have been around since the mid-1850s are are pretty safe unless you inhale the poweder or drink them. Most natural dyes are too variable in colour for my purposes, and also change over time. Plus I don’t want to use metals as mordants. There’s a place for all sorts of dyes.

  2. Hi Shirley

    I wasn’t talking about procion dyes – I have used these for ages and love them. I meant the Kool Aid colours … and their supposed edibility!

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