Results Are In!

OAQFF HAND DYED COMBED TOP

When I first saw results from black hollyhocks, I was disappointed because I thought the results resembled my lupin experiment. Boy, was I wrong!

Look at the difference! Lipin results cast more of a yellow, and hollyhocks cast more of a peach colour. I have to say my two favourites so far are butter yellow from lupins and mushroom taupe from hollyhocks.

Next week I will be dyeing with an extract to make all these colours pop. Click the Follow button to get a notification as I can’t tell you right now what day that will be.

Cheers

Keli

Lupin Dyed Fibre Results

Results Are In!

Results Are In!

Fibre is dry and braided into mini braids. I couldn’t be happier with the results. The star of the show still is that yellow! I love the colours, from a slight peach to buttery yellow to light gray and a warm light tan.

The modifiers I used were iron, cream of tartar, soda ash, and citric acid (not in that order). I used 10% weight of fibre for my alum mordant and 2% to 10% on modifiers. My weight of lupin leaves was very minimal and not weighed.

Hand dyed with Lupin Leaves
Lupin and Modifiers

I would say this is a win! I will add these to my collection of combed top experiments for now and spin with them this winter when I’m craving colours from my garden.

Cheers

Keli

I Couldn’t Help It.

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.

Solar Dyeing

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.

-Keli

2022 Advent Fibre Bits Club

They are back for the third year in a row. Go to this link and pre-order one now; I have a limited amount available.

Perhaps you don’t know what advent fibre bits are all about. From December 1st to Dec 12th, you will open one package every day. They are packages that contain 20g of fibre and a little treat as well. You get to pick your yarn; this year, I have Polwarth, BFL, and Cheviot available. The colours I pick this year will centre around a theme, so you could make a large skein or spin each bundle individually into mini-skeins.

Go to my Instagram account (bottom of the website) and look up hashtag #adventfibrebits for previous year’s photos.

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Oh, wait. I want to mention that you don’t have to wait to receive my hand-dyed fibre bits till December. You can be a part of my monthly subscription and order a 112g braid of fibre today. You can also join in on the fun here.

Happy spinning!

-Keli