Can we find each other again?

[SIZE=16px]Where is everyone? There was a lively discussion on dyeing on the old site. Can we migrate some of the talk and pictures here ourselves? I’m putting up a few of the pics of my dye results so far this summer. I love talking about natural dyeing, and experimenting. There are cotton seeds on the way to one person from my garden… the first picture is indigo over moorit Shetland (notice the blue ties…). The gray is far more interesting than the brown was.[/SIZE]

Second is Logwood, third Brazilwood with soda ash, then Brazilwood with chalk (red - the orange is a spent Bwood dyebath) then indigo, then weld hanging over Saxon blue.

It’s been a fun and HOT summer so far!!!

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@fluidpaint …Hi! Thank you for posting. How did you get the gray again? That’s an elusive color for me so far with the dye materials I have collected. I haven’t been able to dye yet this summer, but here’s a list of some of my favorite materials I’ve used in the past.

  • Rabbit brush blossoms - probably one of my absolute favorite dyes
  • Sage brush blossoms
  • Yarrow blossoms
  • Mullein blossoms
  • Bracken fern fronds (i got close to a medium gray with this when I saddened with iron)
  • Ceanothus root
  • Pine tree bark
  • Black walnut (husks mostly - that's what's in the dye pot in my Avatar picture)
  • English walnuts
  • Pear tree leaves (loved the color from these! Nice cinnamon color)
  • Various mushrooms
  • Marigolds
  • Hibiscus blossoms
Items I currently have my eye on: dock (ripening up nicely in our pasture); lichen & moss (I only collect tiny bits of this at a time, so it takes a long time to accumulate); Oregon grape roots (have a large patch in our front yard and have read it throws some great color); and it's prime rabbit brush blossom season. In my stash are also logwood, weld, indigo, and madder. Never enough time to dye as much as I would like, but always fun to dive in once the pots are simmering.

I like to dye using enamel, aluminum, cast iron, or copper pots (this has included some fun forays to vintage & antique stores around the Pacific Northwest to find some really cool kettles). I do have a copper solution I can use (bits of copper pipe in a vinegar/water solution), but I haven’t used it much as the results were a bit weak (wanted to use it sparingly). I’m curious to experiment around with it more, but don’t particularly like to use it. My iron solution is made from bits of rusted items found around the farm and soaked in a vinegar/water solution. This solution gets immediate results, so it’s fun to use, but it must be used very carefully since it’s harsh on wool. I’d like to experiment using a bit more of this with the fern frond solution to attempt a deeper gray.

I have pictures for a lot of this buried in my photo album on my Mac. I’ll get some posted at some time to show a bit of the results.

One of my goals is to weave a blanket out of my naturally dyed wool that I have spun myself. I’m focusing on using Cheviot wool (based on some historical research I’m doing). I have quite a start on my stash, so just need to keep ticking away at it.

I also have a good-sized collection of natural dye books too. It is truly an amazing field to study and explore.

Well, that’s a small intro on my love of natural dyeing. :slight_smile: I’m looking forward to learning more and seeing what others are doing. And what types of fibers are being dyed. I’ve focused on wool but want to try the natural dyes on silk as well.

Oldeworldfibers, the Gray is indigo (have a 30 gallon vat) over moorit Shetland wool. The wool is from a friend who bought the last spinning from a mill from the last shearing of the progeny of the shetlands first brought to America. I am a watercolor painter, and if you want to make great grays, you mix burnt sienna (red-brown) and ultramarine blue. Works the same way for fibers. A lot of people make logwood gray, but it still always has a purplish cast to it. When you overdye brown with indigo, it will gain a bluish cast, for a cooler gray. Thanks for asking.

Wow, you have really been harvestin/gathering the dyestuffs! I gather what I’m able, grow some, and purchase the rest. I live in TN, where there are plenty of wild things growing, but I have MS. Heat and walking (which I used to do lots) prevent my harvesting like I did.

I have some supersized stainless pots that people use fro beer brewing. They are absolutely marvelous, and the fiber is never crowded, even up to 2-3 pounds of yarn. I bit the bullet anc bought a Cusinart hot plate with an extra large cast iron eye, and it has been more than worth it.

Happy dyeing when you finish collecting!

They have the archived forums tab at the top. You could probably go back in and make a list of those that were involved in the discussion before and “tag” them here.

@fluidpaint Hi. I’m here. Can we start a dyeing group? Oh maybe never mind since we are a subgroup of Fiber. That works for me, I just had a hard time finding it.

I’m just starting to read on how to dye. I am so so interested because I always seem to buy yarn that I love but can’t always give the color I want… Or I don’t the color but not in the yarn base I want!

Bettymo, So glad you did find it! And I’ll just say here I’m so glad the seeds arrived safely, and I can’t say ‘good luck’ or they won’t grow (TN old wives thing), so happy harvest!!!

I dipped my toe into the dyeing world today with my kiddos. We used Kool-Aid and solar power. I think this could get addictive… Already planning another round minus the children

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Love it…they did a great job. Go Mom.

Maybe everyone is up to their arms in dye and too busy to talk. Just a…hope!

@Suthernknitwitt Your yarn turned out great! I really love the one with the blue. What flavors did you use?

@knitterlady13 I think we used Lemonade, Pink Lemonade, Cherry, Black Cherry, Grape, Shark(something), Blue Raspberry Lemonade, and Orange. Honestly, some of the colors got lost in the others (the orange, yellow, and pinks mostly). If we do it again then I will probably try only a few colors per skein so they show up well.
The bluer one is my favorite too, but the red one is very much my son’s taste (ha punny). My son is almost 6 and my daughter is newly 3 so I am very impressed with both creations.

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@Suthernknitwitt Thanks! That blue would also be great mixed with a not too dark orange. I have a few skeins of natural yarn that I’ve been meaning to play with. I might have to buy some Kool-Aid, not that I need any more supplies.

I’ve got some hot pink yarn that I would like to over dye. I’m wanting something closer to a dark raspberry (maybe with hints of blackberry). I’ve never dyed yarn before, does anyone have suggestions for Kool Aide or Rit Dye colors that may work?

I’ve never used plant material for dyeing. I do have some reddish pink yarrow in my garden. Does the dye color come from the blooms or the stems and leaves?

@fluidpaint I am trying to move the dyeing posts over here, but it is a tedious task -
meanwhile, are you only referring to those that were in the Dye topic or elsewhere?

@knitterlady13 I think we used Lemonade, Pink Lemonade, Cherry, Black Cherry, Grape, Shark(something), Blue Raspberry Lemonade, and Orange. Honestly, some of the colors got lost in the others (the orange, yellow, and pinks mostly). If we do it again then I will probably try only a few colors per skein so they show up well.
The bluer one is my favorite too, but the red one is very much my son’s taste (ha punny). My son is almost 6 and my daughter is newly 3 so I am very impressed with both creations.[/QUOTE]

I have been working on moving the KA posts from the old forum, so far got most of page 1 - just wanted to let you know that topic is now also under Dyeing
“Kool-Aid Dyeing: Summer Fun For All”

https://vb.ourunraveled.com/forum/fiber/dyeing/8238-kool-aid-dyeing-summer-fun-for-all

Im afraid youll just have to experiment. Kool aid & cake dying can be unpredictable. But I dont think you’ll get any serious conflicts if you just go directly for the deeper raspberry color. Personally I use grape plus raspbery koolaid for a nice purple.

But just doing it with raspberry alone might be too bright. Graying it out could call for something greenish, but not too much. Tricky.

test, test, test

So would I use green added to raspberry, or would I use straight green over the hot pink? I will definitely test, but I’m just looking for a starting point. Thanks for your help!

I haven’t done much with KA so I’m not much help. I did it so long ago. Rit dye is really not for wool. Maybe do some dip dyeing to find out what works with the KA. Let us know if you do.