I can’t explain it…dyeing fibre with Botanicals is amazing!
This week I dyed some Superwash merino/bamboo/nylon combed top with an extract called cochineal. I purchased a kit from Miawa that contained a variety of extracts; they are located just across the Strait of Georgia from me. I used modifiers to obtain different colours. The light pink was from using ammonia; it’s my favorite! I also used citric acid to get the beautiful orange colour.
Follow along with me as I use more extracts, plants, vegetables, and fruit to dye assorted fibres.
Well here are the results from last summer. I love how the combed top turned out! I then decided to take my fresh indigo leaves and dye a mini skein. That turned out good but I learned that I need to gather a lot more leaves. So off to the garden I went and I decided to try and dye some wool.
It truly amazes me what colours nature provides. I don’t see myself ending this journey anytime soon. -Keli