From top to bottom, these were dyed with: coffee, roses, beets and tumeric.
Those of you who followed me on Twitter (or paid attention to the scroll on the RH column of this blog) over the weekend, know that I spent the majority of it, elbow deep in natural dye baths. I think it’s fair to say, that I’m currently obsessed. I had so much fun experimenting that now, no color-bearing plant, fruit or vegetable is safe in my presence! 😉
I had varying degrees of success with different ingredients (tumeric=awesome, spinach=bomb). I’m assuming that the failures can be credited in part, to my ratios sometimes being off. It’s likely though, that the quality of wool I was working will played a small part as well. All of the yarn you see pictured is from 1, thrifted sweater that I unraveled and washed. In it’s former life, it was a mass-produced GAP number but in Eco-Stitch (due out Fall ’09), it will be 3, unique baby items. I’m excited about the added element of stretching yardage in a creative way, that the dyeing/repurposing aspect will bring to the book. It makes creating beautiful, non-toxic garments for their children, accessible to mothers on a budget (and frankly during these times, who of us isn’t?)
Speaking of children, I convinced my oldest to help with the process. THis is Tanner, prepping beets for steeping.
Alright, I still have a little bit of the plain wool left and a container of blueberries in my fridge. I’m off to perform my own version of the old Reese’s commercial. It will go something like this:
“Your blueberries got on my yarn!”
“Your yarn got in my blueberries!”