I had tried to dye combed top last summer with plants and plant extracts but found it too labour intensive for the amount of fibre I needed to sell and decided to end my experiments.
However, all that rational thought process disappeared when I saw Robin from sitsnspins on Instagram solar dyeing fibre yesterday. I had some combed top and plenty of dyers coreopsis, so I decided to solar dye some superwash merino/bamboo/nylon. Here is a video I created.
I put an elastic band around to create a resistance as I will also overdye the combed top. Not sure with what yet. Here is picture of what the glass jars looked like this afternoon.
The bottom jar had a mixture of ground cochineal and nasturtiums. The top jar had fresh coreopsis on the bottom only.
Check back tomorrow night and see what they look like. I can’t wait either.
The brand new mini skeins are now listed in my shop!
I have to tell you, this shop update means so much more to me than just listing yarn in a shop.
Year’s ago (like we’re talking 2009 I started experimenting with natural dyes. I had an idea of growing my own plants to dye yarn with but guess what I did…I listened to everyone else and was told that natural dyed yarns don’t sell. In a way, I regret that decision very much because I didn’t follow my heart, and; instead, I feel like that is time now wasted (think what I could have learned in 13 years). I know saying time wasted is harsh because we always learn from our mistakes, and I went on to dye combed top, and now I have some wonderful customers who have become good friends.. I just wanted to share what is in my head this morning without giving much thought to editing what I say.
If you haven’t been following me on Instagram I started a shop update countdown yesterday and now it’s active. I started a shortage sock myself with a sock mini skein set.