Dyeing Silk With Walnuts

While I was dyeing some cheviot with dye from walnuts I decided to throw a few silk hankies in to the dye bath too.

Silk Dyed With Walnuts

Modifiers I used were cream of tartar, iron, citric acid, and soda ash to get the different colours. I have to say I am pleased with all the colours.

Here are the results from using a cheviot combed top as well.

OAQFF Walnut Dyed Cheviot

I used all the same modifiers as listed above. I don’t plan on spinning these colours all into one skein of handspun yarn but they would look nice in a Fade colour scheme.

For the silk, I think I would knit with the silk and not spin it beforehand. To do this you put your fingers into the middle of the hankie and pull it apart till it breaks.

Then you keep pulling till you get the desired width of silk you want to knit with. To store the silk I wind the silk around a toilet paper roll.

Now I am all set to start knitting with it. A shawl made from silk will keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer; one knitted garment you can wear all year round.




Look At This Dye Bath!

Let’s create a dye bath from ground walnut shells.


First you need to strain the shells from the dye bath. I used a jar and a cheesecloth to strain the liquid from the ground shells.

Bentley Had To Inspect
Looks like Coffee

As I poured off the liquid I was amazed to see a coffee colour brown.

Grounds To Reuse

I will reuse these grounds but first I need to let my cheviot combed top and silk hankies dry so I can show you the results. I did three modifiers: cream of tartar, iron, soda ash, and citric acid. The soda ash had the biggest wow factor and the cream of tartar and citric acid were almost identical.

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