This project was done and written by Lori Kelley-Hannis. She is an experienced natural dyer and long time member of the SCA. Her Etsy shop can be found here.
It’s A Good Day to Dye
It’s raining blood, sort of. I’ve spent ages the past few weeks looking at natural dyes thinking I want to do that but I live in an apartment. Lets face it some natural dyes really reek. I was looking at some of the herbs and roots I have laying around my apartment and came across my big bag of bloodroot. I picked that up and then set my wool to soak in alum. Then got to work.
I started with 440 yards of Knit Picks ™ Peruvian Highland yarn weighing in at 4 oz or 100grams.
Then took two cap fulls of Alum and tossed it in the warm water, and let it soak. While the wet wool was soaking I started boiling the bloodroot. I know you aren’t supposed to boil; however, it was a good idea as the roots were hard and I needed to leech out as much color as I could. I strained the bloodroot through an aluminum strainer with a coffee filter within. Replacing the water and repeating this process three times.
After that I placed the yarn into the dye bath sitting in a plastic tupperware bowl. I allowed it to sit for about three hours, during which time I allowed about 4 oz of wool roving to sit in another alum dye bath.
The color yielded was this incredible rich orangy gold in the first dye bath then mellowing in a butter yellow through the second.
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