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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! (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. Some in-progress photos.
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. 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.
It’s a gray day in July. It's supposed to be summer. Outside the skies are clotted with thick gray clouds, weeping a warm rain now and again.
These natural dye mordant and wash instructions are focused on wools and silk since they dye the best with natural dyes. 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
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? 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.
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. 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.
Choose the color. 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. Let's start with dyeing wool, since according to this vegetable dye elder, that is the easiest material to work with, before graduating to silk, linens, and cottons. What You Need
Spring is here (finally!) and there are flowers blooming everywhere. One of my favorite things about using natural dyes for dyeing is how much a pleasure for the senses it can be sometimes. Like when you’re dyeing with berries and it smells like marmalade! Or when you’re dyeing with flowers!
Hibiscus Rose Mallow ( Hibiscus spp.) on Wool, scoured but no pre-mordant or pre-Alum. 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.
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. 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.
- Bay leaves - yellow - Barberry (bark) - yellow - Crocus - yellow