Shades of brown :: Naturally dyed yarn ::
Tuesday, 31 March 2015
This is my third attempt at naturally dyeing yarn - I used old fustic this time. I did not use the solar method, but went the really (really) long way about it - making a dye bath, using a mordant separately, and dye the skeins The difference between the two skeins is the mordant.
I was really hoping to take proper notes to be able to replicate the process. However this is not possible at the moment - babies waking up when you are about to start the dyeing, or feeding time happens when you need to need to stop the mordant bath. I reckon the solar method is better suited for my life - because I can leave it as long as I want and it will be fine.
Nevertheless I am really pleased with the result. I think the lighter skein may become socks, I am unsure about the brown skein, maybe a beanie hat, to leave me time to think about it.
I bought all that I needed from wild colours in the UK.
Has anyone dyed yarn with fustic, what were your results? I am not sure I should have really ended up with the brown one. I love how naturally dyeing is so unpredictable. However my aim is to make all this process more predictable - but the way I am going about it, it will take a loooooonnngg time! I am really in awe of the dyers out there who can dye several skeins the same colour using natural elements.