Some years ago I was a member of the Natural Dye Group at the Plant Craft Cottage (at Melbourne's Botanic Gardens). I think I talked about it here on the blog although I can't find it. Since then I've done a smattering of natural dyeing at home, plus a whole shipload of acid dyeing, Kool Aid dyeing (thank you American
Anyway then I went back to work full time and blah blah blah everything fell to pot. Except my bank balance, so you know, swings and roundabouts.
Well this year I kind of made the resolution that this will be my year of doing more stuff I love. Including dyeing and dancing and learning new things (more of that next post. I have POTTERY to show you, people. POTTERY).
So, I took a natural dye class a couple of months ago to refresh myself and give me a kickstart back into it.
Natural dye class with I Am Alchemy.
Since then I've been going crazy. Mostly solar dyeing with the occasional foray into the kitchen for stovetop dyeing. Solar dyeing is the perfect methodology for dyeing if you work full time. (I sound like an advertisement. Dyeing for busy mothers and career women!) You whack a few things into a jar on the weekend and leave it in the garden for a few weeks. Easy.
Tumeric, ivy, raspberry, tea. Mordanted with vinegar.
Tumeric, raspberry, ivy, red cabbage, strawberry.
Blueberry, raspberry, red cabbage.
Red cabbage, tea, raspberry.
Blueberry, logwood, madder. Mordanted with vinegar.
Red cabbage. Left solar dyed, right stove top. Both mordanted with vinegar.
Madder, logwood, blueberry.
This week's experiments: Black bean, logwood exhaust, carrot tops. All pre-mordanted with alum.
Kool Aid dyeing! Fingering weight yarn which is on its way to becoming a cardigan for me after the woman who expressed interest in me dyeing it for her decided $25 per skein is waaay too expensive. Ahem, take a look at etsy, ma'am, you'll see many hand dyed skeins for $32 per a skein.
The beginnings of a beautiful naturally dyed collection, hooray!.
What to do with lots of little 50g balls of dyed yarn? Dig out your loom and get weaving of course.