Approximately 140 grams Oxalis pes-caprae, more commonly known as ‘sour sob’, a common weed found in gardens, parks, reserves, etc. in Spring. Excellent for tummy upsets, and thirst quenching when you chew the stalk. Collected these from my own garden and local park.
Soaked flowers in water overnight. Slowly brought to boiling and boiled for 40 mins.
Strained material from dye pot.
Dissolved mordant (alum) in hot water and added to dye pot.
Allowed to cool before adding 100 grams of fleece. Heated to 90 deg C and simmered for 30 – 40 mins.
Left to cool in dye bath, rinsed and laid out to dry.
What if I throw some white hand spun wool into the exhaust, with a few more crenulata leaves in the bottom of the pot and on top of the fibre…
Thought I might put up a page with photographs of my finished yarns. Perhaps with subcategories, such as naturally dyed fibre, chemically dyed, commercially dyed, and so on. It may be a better record of progress and change. A conundrum, I am really interested in plant dyes and eventually would like to concentrate in this area, however, I have a collection of various chemical dyes and commercially dyed fibres which need to be used and which are sometimes preferred by customers. Economically, it is necessary to use these products.