Monday, 27 June 2016
Saturday, 18 June 2016
Wednesday, 15 June 2016
I went a slightly different route and rather than the what grows from the garden approach, I went through my dyeing suppliers and opted to investigate using Brazilwood powder in a Solar Dye as opposed to a dye bath.
For 50g fleece, this is home grown fleece from my flock (see willing volunteer), I used 50 gms of brazil wood Powder and ¾ tsp of chalk.
I wanted red, I think I have got red. And through the jar I can see variations ranging from a rust orange to a pinky red, so will leave it be for the next month and then see what the fleece looks like.
Monday, 13 June 2016
Having fought through pouring rain to get to the meeting there was a reward in the shape of weaving samples from Angela and Brenda who had done a weekend course in advanced techniques, much gnashing of teeth here, I was booked to do it but was dragged away for the weekend instead!
She demonstrated how to set up a solar dyeing jar using pomegranate skin (it's very warm in her garden!!!) and to our amazement it began to work immediately. I was so impressed that I immediately dashed off to the supermarket to buy 2 pomegranates, and my solar dyeing jar is now set up - in the pouring rain.
I have since discovered however that I am missing a major ingredient for solar dyeing, at least in our climate, and that is patience. I am itching to get my fingers on that wool to see how it looks, but I suspect I have at least 2 weeks more to wait - I'll keep you posted!
Tuesday, 7 June 2016
- Used Tea bags—golden brown
- Old kitchen spices—saffron—yellow
- Turmeric roots—yellow, green
- Avocado Skin and Stone—tan
- Pomegranate Skins—yellow/olive green
- Daffodil flowers—yellow, green
- Ivy—greens, slate/grey
- Hawthorn Blossom, berries, leaves and twigs—yellow, green to dark navy/grey
- Fruit tree bark when pruned
- Willow leaves, bark and leafy stems
- Dark Hollyhock Flowers
- Birch bark—pink
- Elderberry leaves—greens
- Nettles—lemon to green, depending on time of year
- Staghorn Sumac leaves—green
- Rhubarb leaves and roots
- Dahlia flowers and leaves—orange/yellow and greens
- Eucalyptus leaves Tan/orange to maroon
- Hibiscus flowers
- Red cabbage – blue
- Honesty flowers - greens
- Buddleia flowers - greens
- Primula and pansies – darker flowers
- Onion skins – yellow to tan