adventures in natural dyeing - january

 (sorry for the bad quality. just quickly snapped with my phone...)

hello february! yes, i know it says january in the post title, but i thought it would be fun to document my experiments in natural dyeing this year according to months, and the photos are from last month :).
one of my goals for 2015 was to get started with dyeing yarn naturally by myself, using plant materials i find or have around the house. it is absolutely refreshing to get started on a set goal as early as in january.

i had this moment on friday morning when i just started peeling onions and setting up a dye bath with them. some leftover baby merino wool was used (along with a tiny bit of grey lett lopi yarn). i cannot emphasize enough how very pleased i am with the result!

now i am on the lookout for more dyeing options, plants and flowers i might grow in the garden that work well for dyeing. and i need to get undyed yarn, of course! always an excuse for yarn shopping ;-)  i think my next batch will be dyed with beets...






have a good start to your week!

5 comments:

Kim said...

Goodness those colours are amazing! I have just gotten into dyeing, using dyes though. Little man and I did some wool roving in the fall, and a few weeks ago dyed some play silks.

So interested in the natural dying and can't wait to try it. Hope you will keep sharing as you try different things.

Have a great week!

moongirl said...

We have done some experiments using different foods to make watercolours but I have not tried dyeing yarn yet but should give it a go! So fun!

simona said...

it looks a like your cooking a pasta dish :) can't wait to see what else you come up with, beets sound great.

KC Pagano said...

Such a rich beautiful color!

karen said...

looks like fun and I hope you share more when you get more natural dyes :)

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