My New Addition

For my birthday I received three amazing books on natural dyeing. The Wild Dyer by Abigail Booth and Botanical Colour at your Fingertips.

OAQFF Dyers Library

I love the items the authors have chosen to dye with, but both authors dye with cellulose fibres in these books. I thought, why don’t I step up to the plate and be the creator who dyes the same items (if available) with wool (combed top, to be exact)? …I thought you would agree.

I will be dyeing with substantive dyes (dyes that contain tannins. Here is my list of available sources:

  • Avocado stones and pits
  • Pomegranate skins
  • Red onion skins
  • Black Tea

All these items listed above produce a color fast dye that I think will produce the best results. Right now I have lots of tea and I might use coffee too.

The other book in my collection has me looking forward to windy days so the lichen can fall from the trees. I have so much to learn about this resource for dyeing.

Well, that wraps up today’s post. I just put my combed top dyed with black hollyhocks outside to dry, and I want to share the results with you right now, but ill wait till the wool is dry and braided. Make sure you click the Follow button to get a notification of when I share those results.



Author: Keli

I teach people how to use a support spindle and how to dye fibre with plants from my garden.

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