Now that I am able to card my own raw wool, I can do some fun dyeing with it!
I had in mind to do some natural dyeing.
My first batch I dyed with coffee grounds that I had been collecting over the past month or so.
The colour turned out amazing!
Adding wool that has been soaked in some sort of a mordant prior to simmering it in the dye bath.
So I decided to try both salt and vinegar, which seemed to work pretty well, so I have stuck to that.
I had read that the vinegar helps the fibres to absorb the dye and the salt helps the dye to adhere to the fibres.
After allowing the wool to simmer in the dye bath, I let the whole pot cool overnight.
From left to right: red onion skins, green pine needles, mustard greens.
So far I have dyed using locally harvested plants, for me it makes the project that much more special!
Witches hair lichen found at sub alpine levels make a beautiful light green.
I have been looking for old fashioned red adobe bricks to make an outdoors rocket stove, though they seem hard to find these days!
From left to right: red onion skins, green pine needles, dandelion wild sage and wolf lichen.
And finally a week’s worth of dyeing!
L-R: Witches hair lichen-wild sage-green pine needle-wolf lichen.
Middle: Witches hair lichen & coffee grounds, double dyed.
Bottom row R-L: mustard greens-red onion skins-dandelion greens & roots-red onion skins
Middle right: coffee grounds, double dyed.
What can I say? I think I’m addicted!
For more info about natural dyeing, please see below: