Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Adventures in dyeing

dandelion dye
it's been awhile since i've done any dyeing. my yard is chock full of dandelions so i gathered them all up, boiled them for 30 minutes, and then stuck a little less than a half yard of kona snow along with some yarn in the dye bath with alum and cream of tartar.

the dyed fabric is on the top and kona snow is on the bottom for comparison. the results were pretty subtle. the superwash merino/viscose yarn took the dye much more strongly and the angora/silk yarn hardly changed color at all. i don't have pictures of the yarn yet because i need to reskein them. i'd like to do more natural dyeing this summer.

mono pez
i'll end with more stash from the stockroom. 1/2yd bundle of mono pez. i love these basics. hopefully i can put them to use soon.


  1. I've had the same results with dandelion dyeing too.  Very subtle. 
    Love that Pezfabric!

  2. I'm interested to see the yarn! I've been wanting to dye some fabric (and more yarn), too. I bought a yard of Essex PFD, but haven't gotten around to it just yet.
    And hello, pez! I have a half yard bundle, too. They make me happy!

  3. Very cool! It's subtle, but you've gotta feel good about it being all natural. The fact that I wear a face mask while dyeing with dharma procion kind of freaks me out.

    My grandma just gave me a book on traditional Navajo dyeing techniques and I can't wait to try some of them!



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