Monday, June 9, 2014

Dye Day

We had a wonderful time at our friend Heidi's

She has a cute little farm.

Look at that face.

There's some happy chickens. 

And there was some dyepots going.

We used cochineal, madder, logwood and experimented with different mordants. 

I used iron for my mordant. I got a nice plum color with the madder. 

Look how different it looks with using a vinegar mordant. Pretty amazing huh?

That's the interesting thing about natural dyes - you just never know what you're going to end up with.

So we dyed and knitted and talked and enjoyed the summer day.

How was your weekend?


Dianna said...

Hello Donna,

It looks as if you had an amazing day with your friend Heidi at her farm. Love the little "Bee Crossing" sign.

I enjoyed seeing a bit about the dying process. The colors are beautiful!

Deborah Hamilton said...

How wonderful! I love the picture with all the wool and the sheep.

Carole Julius said...

That looks like a fun day and thank you for showing how the mordants used impact the end result. Nice new blog background, too.

Maria said...

Your weekend sounds wonderful. Love the colors!

Tracey ~ Clover said...

You always have the best weekends!

karen said...

any weekend with fibery goodness is a perfect weekend :) Love the colors and some of those pots look delicious to eat, even though they are not food....I think I'm hungry right now :)

Chrisknits said...

GORGEOUS colors!!! Just wow.

Lisa @ HappyinDoleValley said...

Wow, Donna! Beautiful colors! :) Looking forward to seeing the lovely yarn you'll spin...


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