yellow yarn I made with carrot tops that I re-dipped. I am much much happier with it now.
So, the hulls soaked for one week. I brought the whole mix up to a boil and simmered for about an hour. Then I strained it through a regular household strainer (that I only use for dyeing) and plunked a piece of linen in the pot, just to see if anything would happen. That's when I realized that I had forgotten to finish spinning my yarn that was intended for this particular dye pot.
The linen came out a nice camel colour just from sitting in the dye bath while I finished spinning. Next up was the wool. I didn't even get it wet first (I forgot in my hast to test out the new colour). I just put it in the pot, returned the pot to a simmer, and let it sit there. I had intended to let it soak for an hour but after half an hour, the colour was GORGEOUS so I took it out.
I loved it so much I walked around the house seeing what else I could throw in the pot.
The top piece of linen was my first test run. It's kind of a nice dark camel colour. The wool (that came out chocolate) was my 2nd piece in the pot. I thought I would try cotton (on the far right above) but it came out looking like dirt. I decided to go ahead and overdye my yellow yarn from last week, and then I thought I would try to tie dye a piece of linen but I didn't put the elastics on tightly enough (bottom piece of linen in the photo above- right above the white piece). Overall I am quite pleased with everything. I could pretty much get a succession of lighter and lighter pieces as they came out of the pot. I will definitely be doing this again next year - with linen and with lots and lots of wool.
What have you been dyeing lately?
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