Sunday, July 10, 2005


I spent most of yesterday dyeing yarn for the first time. First we had to do the mordant - we used Alum.

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While the yarn was in the Mordant we had to get the dye ready. One we used was cochineal.

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While the yarn was straining Nicole and I cut up Mullen leaves while Amanda crushed the cochineal.

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After the dye baths were prepared Amanda just couldn't wait to dye, so she threw in a little test skein - this is how it came out of the cochineal:

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Finally we were ready to really dye!

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And about an hour later the first skein was done.

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We hung it to dry on a rack in the bathtub.

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And a couple of hours later we had even more. The one on the right is from the mullen leaves.

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Blogger Allena said...

looking good! such bright and pretty colors!

12:39 AM  
Blogger Carolyn B. said...

Pretty colors! So, just out of curiosity, what does the house smell like when you're cooking up a pot of wool and dye? My husband, who is watching my growing interest in dye with his own growing sense of alarm, wants to know. ;o)

I haven't tried it myself yet, but it's on the to-do list. Congrats!

2:53 PM  
Blogger Stariel said...

Smell, huh...

Well the mordant and the wool itself didn't produce an odor that I noticed. We did have food also, so that could be part of it.

As for the dyeing, the ammonia in the cochineal was very pungent if you got close. And honestly I liked the color better without, so I would just pass on it next time.

The boiling leaves smell a bit like tea.

12:32 PM  
Blogger Gaile said...

Gorgeous colours! I actually just tried Kool-Aid dying for the first time. It was fun and didn't require a lot of expense, but has piqued my curiosity about other ways to dye yarn.

12:33 AM  
Blogger helen said...

oh-ho! seeing as you and i have tagged each other before, i figure you're good for another mememe! check my blog ;)

8:11 AM  

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