Dye Kits Are Available!

Embrace a touch of last summer.

OAQFF NATURAL DYE KIT

I have kits available that will supply you with mordanted fingering weight yarn (3 25g mini skeins) and 10g of dried flowers (from my garden) to dye your first skeins of yarn.
The steps outlined in the kit are very simple. It’s as simple as 1,2,3. You provide the glass jar and I will provide the rest. Once you purchase a kit you will receive an invite to become a member of a Instagram group where you’ll be able to see what others dye and post your pictures too.

If you’d like to dye your own wool I also have an E-Guide that you can download. This will give you the basic steps you need to get you on your way.

Walnuts

Look At This Dye Bath!

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

OAQFF WALNUT BATH
OAQFF JUG
OAQFF WALNUT DYE

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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-Keli

2022 Natural Dyer’s Harvest

Can you believe it; last night after dinner on October 10th I was in the greenhouse packaging up all my dried flowers.

I have learned so much this year. This year was my first time gardening to produce dried flowers to dye yarn and fibre with. I learned so much. Here are the highlights:

  • Not planting sweet peas; not enough colour.
  • Plant only a few nasturtiums; not 18!
  • Plant sunflowers against a wall or fence to allow for adequate support.
  • Don’t buy a dyers coreopsis mixture. Buy just the yellow ones as the mixture included a lot of chocolate coreopsis.
  • Pay better attention to Indigo! Water well and pick leaves more mindfully by replanting stalks.
  • Lastly, keep seeding through out summer so I get more crops into the first frost.
  • Tango cosmos are my FAVOURITE!
OAQFF Dyers Garden Harvest

I still have yarrow to package up as well as many more sunflower heads. I also have ziplock bags of marigolds that I will freeze as Tammy from Wing and a Prayer Farm had mentioned in her class that I took virtually during covid. She is an excellent instructor and emits enthusiasm when telling others about her farm.

Well now I’m off to finish packaging up my yarrow and create a dye bath from walnuts today.

Cheers,

Keli