My sister had Logwood and Brazilwood which are two ancient dyes that were discovered in America by the Europeans hundred of years ago. They were prized dyes and I can see why. Logwood is a deep rose and Brazilwood a deep purple. Both beautiful. I did a second bath with the Logwood to get a lighter rose as well.
I also had some Black Walnuts that I had lying around and got the deepest brown yet, very beautiful.
With my last two skeins I wanted to try something I had lying around the house so did Orange skins and cut grass. Both gave great colors. A very soft yellow from the oranges and another green that looks great.
All these colors are so beautiful but when I put them together, I am amazed. The way they all work together is so pretty that I don’t want to knit anything with them, just have them around so I can keep looking at them.
But, I will make something with them. I just hope I don’t screw it up.
You need to work this project into a 'tutorial' - the colors are amazing! Most of the stuff I've found on 'natural' dying (via Google) is hit and miss - and without such wonderful pictures. Wow!ReplyDelete
Thank you very much. What made all the difference was being able to experiment with abandon on recycled silk. Because I wasn't afraid of ruining expensive yarn, I just tried everything. I referenced a book that helped me a lot too: “Colors from Nature” by Bobbi McRae.ReplyDelete