I have been spinning and now I think I'll try dying the yarn. All of the roving that I have is white and I'd like to experiment with plant dyes.
First I need to soak the yarn in a fixative and simmer for an hour. I'm going to try rasberry dye. It's supposed to make a red dye. To use rasberries I need to use salt for a fixative. Other plants I might try are onion skins for orange, coffee grounds for brown, strawberries for pink, blueberries for blue, beets for a deep red, spinach or nettles for green. These are all plants that I have around here. There are a lot of plants that can be used for dyes and a lot of information out there on dying.
I saw some of you have dyed yarn with kool-aid. The colors are so beautiful. How do you set the colors? Do you have to do anything special?
Have a great week-end.
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