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Handmade « Recently Finished: Norwegian House Slippers I’ve been spinning fairly dense these days so this project was a great way to use up some of that wool, and make long-lasting slippers!

Handmade «

(Plus it was super easy). Here is a link to my Ravelry project page for the pattern and more info. To make them a bit more durable, I cut out a piece of leather for the bottom and attached with shoe goo for extra slipper-y goodness. I found the fit wasn’t perfect when I took them out of the dryer, so I cut a wedge out of the top and added a button and button hole. Echoes of a Dream: Natural dyeing. A beginners guide.............. Gulp....A number of people have asked me questions about this dyeing lark and I thought maybe I ought to do a post (another one I hear you mutter) in a tutorial sort of way.

Echoes of a Dream: Natural dyeing. A beginners guide..............

I hesitate because I'm no expert but just a mad woman who got hooked over the summer. So what I would like to do is share some of the knowldge I've accumulated, the suppliers I've used (sorry no web link to Mother Nature yet) and to tell you about the colours I got. First off, a WARNING. Natural dyeing is highly addictive. Mordants - Surfactant - Soda and more. A Gift from the Herbs: Plant Dyes. It’s a gray day in July.

A Gift from the Herbs: Plant Dyes

It's supposed to be summer. Outside the skies are clotted with thick gray clouds, weeping a warm rain now and again. Natural Dye Mordant; Fiber and Yarn Preparation for Natural Dye. These natural dye mordant and wash instructions are focused on wools and silk since they dye the best with natural dyes.

Natural Dye Mordant; Fiber and Yarn Preparation for Natural Dye

If dyeing cellulose fibers, please pay close attention to additional notes. For more information on natural dye mordants please see this mordant page Important note: Weigh the amount of yarn or fiber you plan to dye before making it wet. Amount of mordant and dyestuff to use is based on a percentage of the dry weight of your material. Washing. Natural Dyeing Report « Red 2 White. When I was about to buy my first batch of wool for feltmaking sometimes in March I went for the white one for two reasons: it was cheaper and I couldn’t decide which one of the coloured ones to buy, all the colour are very nice - but which one will I really need?

Natural Dyeing Report « Red 2 White

And then I thought I could learn how to dye the wool anyway. Then I went to our local bookshop and found this book. The pictures in the book are beautiful and I think that’s the reason why I have decided to use natural dyes. I must admit now that the book seems to be very basic and sometimes wonder if the pics were not “touched” a little bit when I compare the colours of dyes with other books on natural dyeing. But they are very inspiring and even if the dyeing results are different I like all the colours I have achived with natural dyes so far. Natural dyes.

The Flame is in Canada As the Olympic torch gets handed to Canada today, it is making me look ahead to the upcoming Olympic games.

natural dyes

I’m getting antsy, trying to choose an epic project for the Knitting Olympics. I missed the boat in 2006, but have been in training since then. Apartment Therapy Re-Nest. Previous image Next image Choose the color.

Apartment Therapy Re-Nest

I found a page from an old book all about creating vegetable dyes! The author and source are unknown, but the dyes are absolutely gorgeous! These are not just beet juice dyes, they are made to last and come from plants you might find in your own backyard or out on a nature walk. Yellow « backyard dyer. Hibiscus Rose Mallow (Hibiscus spp.) on Wool, scoured but no pre-mordant or pre-Alum.

yellow « backyard dyer

Far left, Hibiscus with a pinch of copper after-bath. Middle, dried Hibiscus flowers mashed (in the dye pot while simmering, before adding the wool) to yield a darker color. On the right wool and soy-silk simmered conventionally with dried Hibiscus. Other fibers – like silk – will probably get different results – but this is what I got dying wool. Dyeing « Frog in the pond. Colours from our backyard September 22, 2010 at 11:55 am (Dyeing, textiles) These are the results of my eucalyptus and brown onion skin dyeing.

Dyeing « Frog in the pond

From top to bottom: eucalyptus overdyed with 50/50 eucalyptus & brown onion skin; eucalyptus overdyed with 100% brown onion skin; eucalyptus only. I’m very pleased with how it turned out – the eucalyptus only I thought a little disappointing at first since I was hoping for more intense colour but I have come to appreciate its delicacy. Dye - Dyes From Plants - Pioneer Thinking. Did you know that a great source for natural dyes can be found right in your own back yard!

Dye - Dyes From Plants - Pioneer Thinking

Roots, nuts and flowers are just a few common natural ways to get many colors. Yellow, orange, blue, red, green, brown and grey are available. Go ahead, experiment! Gathering plant material for dyeing: Blossoms should be in full bloom, berries ripe and nuts mature. Remember, never gather more than 2/3 of a stand of anything in the wild when gathering plant stuff for dying. Journal of the Chemical Society - Chemical Society (Great Britain), Royal Society of Chemistry (Great Britain)