• yarndyepalooza 2013

    I haven’t posted a dye update in ages, because my last project was so huge it’s daunting to even describe! This was it: enough yarn for a smallish afghan, for my mother (she hasn’t crocheted in years, but needed something to do while she takes it a bit easier during recovery from heart surgery). I …

  • smelly alkanet

    On the other side of the dyestuff smells from pleasant kamala, there’s alkanet. It’s the root of a cute little flowering plant and has a harsh, medicinal smell. That smell gets even more pungent if you extract the dye by leaving it in a jar of cheap gin for over a couple of weeks (as …

  • fustic sounds like an old-house smell

    My first experiment with fustic happened as an accident, really. I’d tried iron mordant as a (theoretical) means of getting an orange color from madder, and failed abysmally. The dye didn’t take at all, and I ended up with enough iron all over all my dye paraphernalia that other dyed fiber got “saddened” – a …

  • so much promise!

    Hibiscus, as a dye plant, seems so promising when you start with it. It makes a beautiful red tea (which is also deliciously tart), and will immediately color anything you put in the dye pot a bright pink or purple. It just doesn’t seem to stick well for me. I’ve tried three dyexperiments with hibiscus …

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