Saturday, 12 July 2014

Solar Dyeing

Although I mainly use synthetic dyes for my weaving yarn and spinning fibre, I have long liked the look of yarns that are naturally dyed. I don't think it is a method for me when making items to sell. The weaving takes long enough!
Since we have a greenhouse that is used mainly to store garden 'thing' I have taken to use it for solar dyeing a quick, if less predictable, way of natural dyeing.
This picture is some yarn that I removed from a jar today. The large skein was in a solar jar with madder at the bottom and onion skins at the top, hence the two colours on the yarn. The small skein has been dyed with saffron. I have left the wool that was with it in the jar. It was much paler, but there was still dye colour in the liquid, so it may get a deeper shade.
 I have just set up the next two jars today. In the left one wool is layered with Buddleia flowers and the one on the right with coreopsis.
 The jar in front of this picture is the madder and onion skins. At the back left dried flowers and back right eucalyptus bark and golden rod flower tops. I have just made these up this afternoon so I will have to wait a couple of weeks to get an idea of the colour they will produce.
The green skein was dyed with honesty and primula flowers, the centre skein and silk scarf with eucalyptus bark.

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