make beautiful things.
~ the berry
thought it would be fun, I didn't
realize I was starting a whole
new obsession that has taken
over my weekend, and maybe
my whole week, Fiber Dyeing
I ordered several skeins of yarn
from Knit Picks, but for my first
go round I only dyed one skein,
a wool/nylon blend that would
be a little forgiving if I really
messed up with the temperature.
A few weeks ago I made an iron
mordant from rusty pieces of iron,
water and vinegar, so I had that
I picked a pot full of mint, cooked
it on the stove for an hour and then
cooled it overnight.
After soaking the yarn in water I
added it to the dye pot and let it
hang out over night.
The next morning I checked the
color and it was tan, not quite
what I was looking for so I needed
to move along.
I put the pot on the stove, added
the iron mordant, slowly heated
everything up to 180 degrees and let
it simmer for 10 minutes, then
I let it cool for three hours.
After washing the yarn in a natural
dish soap and hanging it to dry my
final result is a soft grey, perfect!
Now I have moved on to elderberries
and using a pre mordant,..exciting
times here at Clover Seven!
To be continued.....
Note:: Thanks to the book,
The Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes
and the internet for all the help with