Yummy Yarn!

At last – we have photos!

This was dyed with blackberry leaves and a copper mordant.

yarn dyed with blackberry leaves

This one was mordanted with alum and was dyed in the exhaust of the blackberry leaf dyebath.

yarn dyed with blackberry leaves and mordanted with alum

This was dyed with an unknown hanging plant which I pulled up from the garden last summer and has been soaking all winter outside in water.

cream coloured yarn

It didn’t get much colour, but it is a nice creamy shade.  There is definite colour when I put it next to the original.  It also was mordanted with alum. 

This next one had a bit of a chequered life because I mordanted it with alum and then dyed it in a forsythia dyebath which was almost completely useless.  I also added a pinch of iron for the last 15 minutes, but that didn’t improve it.  So I chucked some madder roots which I had been soaking into a sort of large herb sphere that I have (actually I think it is for steaming vegetables but it looks more like those things you can buy for infusing herb tea except bigger.   Except that some of the bits of madder root were too small and came out of the holes on to the yarn and the next day I got the whole lot out, put the madder into a muslin bag, rinsed the yarn, which now had patches of red on it but not entirely, and put it back into the madder bath.  You’re not supposed to heat the madder to more than about 50C so I just heated it up and then left it overnight.  I added another skein of yarn to get the exhaust. 

red yarn

And here is the skein that was added later:

pink yarn 

Here they all are together:

colourful yarn  

I’ve still got some yarn mordanted with copper and some more which is unmordanted yet so watch this space!  I’ve sent off for an indigo kit so I’m going to try that next…

This is the Kool Aid dyed yarn:

bluey greeny yarn

I put it in a microwave dish and poured the colours on as if I was space dyeing then heated it. 

For this next one I did the same but they seem to have more or less all gone into one or two shades…

pink yarn

And I overdyed some felt which I made about a year ago:

hand made felt

It was mostly to tone down the brilliant white colour of the back:

reverse of above

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7 Responses to Yummy Yarn!

  1. MargaretR April 29, 2007 at 9:42 pm #

    You have made a wonderful job of this dyeing Liz. I love the colours.
    I have been given some Cool Aid that I must try out.

  2. Vicki W April 30, 2007 at 2:56 am #

    What beautiful colors!

  3. Shirley April 30, 2007 at 7:31 am #

    Hmmm, the Kool-Aid stuff does look somewhat out of place. The natural ones are very enticing, especially the madder.

  4. Carol April 30, 2007 at 12:20 pm #

    Stunning results Liz, the colours are so muted

  5. Maggie Harris April 30, 2007 at 4:00 pm #

    These are great Liz. Good to have photos again. Maggie

  6. Valeri April 30, 2007 at 4:33 pm #

    Superb colours Liz from the natural dyes. I love natural dyeing but wish it wasn’t so time consuming!

  7. Pam Annesley May 5, 2007 at 1:48 am #

    Yummy colours Liz. Looking forward to seeing them in a piece of work.