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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Cooking all done ......


........ and though I didn't achieve the nice yellow shade that Cyndy did, I did manage a soft beige and had fun doing the experiment. Anyone know of another springtime natural dye for me to try? Btw, my son wanted to know why I didn't just drive in to town and pick up some yellow yarn, if that was what I wanted. Guess he doesn't understand the challenge, eh?! {g}

5 Comments:

At Friday, June 01, 2007 10:35:00 a.m., Blogger cyndy said...

LOL at your son's comments! Sounds like my neighbor when he sees me sweating over the tomato bed!! (why don't you just go buy them like everyone else?)

Your color results could have been because of the mordant? did you use the alum? (or was it the vinegar with the tartar?)

 
At Saturday, June 09, 2007 6:24:00 p.m., Blogger Leslie Shelor said...

I hear a lot of that sort of comment! Your yarn looks nice, anyway!

 
At Sunday, June 10, 2007 8:56:00 p.m., Blogger Dawn said...

Thanks Leslie & Cyndy ..... I used vinegar and tartar. Would that make a difference in the resulting colour?

 
At Wednesday, August 08, 2007 4:09:00 p.m., Blogger Sandra said...

Dawn, I'm not sure what you used but you can also use yellow onion skins, Queen Anne's lace, polk berries, walnut tree bark and lots of others. You've some really lovely yarn...good job!

Yes, your mordant does make a difference in the final color. That's one way to "control" colors...use different mordants. I know a woman who saved up copper pennies for a year and used those to soak wool yarn to get a soft green.

 
At Thursday, August 09, 2007 10:37:00 p.m., Blogger Dawn said...

Hi Sandra ... Thanks! ... I had used dandelions. Thanks also for the list. I recently purchased a book .... The Encyclopedia of Herbs and Spices .... and it has a two page chapter listing and describing various herbs for dyeing. Quite interesting ....

I'll have to keep that in mind ... about the mordant. Copper pennies for dyeing ..... now there's an idea. Hope it wouldn't be considered 'laundering money!' {g}

 

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