Natural Dyeing – Varigations in Skeins

Okay, I know I promised more blog posts than this, but the end of the school year is just running us crazy!!  There was the Community Family Run track meet at the end of the track program . . .


And Vash’s birthday

And the Farmer’s Market

and Field Days


So the fact that I got ANY dyeing done at all this week is a miracle.

But I did – and I’m not going to show you any of it . . .

. . . yet.

Instead I want to show you what the yarns I dyed the week before (and earlier) look like after rinsing and reskeining as it gives you a better idea of what a knitter will get in their final knitted project using this yarn.

I will start with the Marigold and Indigo dyed yarn.

Here it is after rinsing and reskeining.

Here is a close-up so you can see the many varied tones that move through the yarn.

Those colors are formed using only two dyes.  A dyebath of marigold flowers with a dip in indigo. . . and all those colors come out.

There was my favorite rainbow yarn.

Here it is re-skeined

And again – a close up to show you the range of tones in this yarn.

The Rainbow yarn is made by dipping the yarn in pots of fustic, madder, cochineal and indigo.  Does that look like just 4 colors?  That’s what you get with plants – tones that move and change in a way you can’t control – it does it on its own.

Lets look at the indigo dyed yarn dipped partially in fustic.


and close up.

I actually noticed that the indigo dyed yarns don’t have the same tonal qualities that my other plant and wood dyed yarns seem to have.  I don’t see the same color movement in my indigo yarns that I see in some of the others and I think you see that in the above yarn when comparing it with some of the other yarns.

The next yarn was one of my problem yarns.  I tried to fix the color combination by dipping the ends into a pot of logwood grey

Here is how it looked re-skeined.

And here are the tones close up.

This is cochineal, marigold, indigo and logwood grey.

Another blend I did was made using a dip of madder, cochineal and indigo.

Reskeined, it had a red, white and blue feel.

Here is the close-up.

Here’s a yarn I dyed back in May.

This is a combination of brazilwood, cochineal and logwood.

Here is the final skein.

I did not have a close up of that one.

Then there is the yarn that I NEVER expected to love – that I LOVE.

 Here is how this yarn turned out.

The tones in this yarn are just stunning.

Finally, here was another one that I had little hope for when I dyed it.  It was a skein dyed in madder root that got a dip in brazilwood to try to cover a wierd variation in the way the madder dye took to the yarn.

However, in the rinsing, alot of the brazilwood blended into the madder dyed section, forming this beautifully rosy toned yarn.

Here is the closeup.

Okay, all done.

I know this post was long – I just am so amazed with what I am getting in my final products.  There are a bunch of pink/purple blends curing right now using my 100% merino superwash base yarn for next week.

Two more days and then school is done.  I don’t know if that is going to be better or worse when it comes to getting things done around here, but scheduling should get easier.  A break would be really really nice around now.

Tomorrow is the solstice.  A holiday I love – being the longest day of the year – and I dread – since the days will now start getting shorter.  But it is reassuring that the wheel continues in its movement and I still have 3 months of longer days than nights before we hit the equinox.  I wish you all a happy turn of the wheel.

About Shelly R.

I am a Mother, a daughter, a sister, a wife, an attorney, a crafter and the granddaughter of an amazing woman - my Polish Grandmother. My Grandmother gave me so much, through her love and her patience, her sayings and her time teaching me how to craft and to give to others, that it seemed fitting to share some of that wisdom, to tell some of her story, and to chat about life and crafts in a way that would be a testament to what she gave me.
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5 Responses to Natural Dyeing – Varigations in Skeins

  1. Beautiful dyeing! I love the variegated yarns you created with natural dyebaths. Very cool!

    • Shelly R. says:

      What I love is that I usually don’t know what the finished yarn will look like – and it seems that I am always happy with the final product – and often surprised! That sandlewood one is just so soft and lovely without being pastel. I never would have guessed that one.

  2. whatafun22 says:

    Good job on your dyeing!

    And greetings from Poland!

  3. have you tried pomegrante juice yet?.. I played with it once and got three colors from it.. I would love to see what you get spending more time with it.. I use indigo regularly with my business products I sell.. i would love to see some research on pomegrante juice dye to see if it stays fast or fades etc… thanks so much.. its a blessing to read your projects.. – reshel

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