Natural Dye Day

Yarn skeins drying after being dyed in a variety of Natural Dye baths.

Yarn skeins drying after being dyed in a variety of Natural Dye baths.

Indigo, Logwood, Brazilwood, Osage Orange, Peach, Lichen, Cochineal, Achiote, Onion skins, Henna, Golden Rod and Madder were all used to make Natural Dye baths. Cheryl, a member of our WOW study group hosted a natural dye day at her home. From her days in Louisiana working at a plantation hosting Natural dyeing and weaving activities, she developed a love of dyeing that she enjoys sharing with others. Wool yarn was my fiber of choice to dye. The yarns were prepared by washing in a mild soap to remove any dirt and or spinning oil. The yarn was brought whetted out for better dye penetration. Some of the dye skeins were put into a mordant bath (Alum). Then the fun began choosing which baths to use to create a wide spectrum of color.

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2 responses to “Natural Dye Day

  1. That would be great fun especially from a history standpoint for me. You have some wonderful colors there. So do you have big plans for them?

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