Friday, November 11, 2011

Marigold Dye-ing

Today's post is part of Fiber Arts Friday over on Andrea's blog.  Check out the other creative folks that contribute fun and informative blog posts each week.

Since I only had time for a drive-by blog last week I thought I'd do an expanded version of the experiment with marigold dye. (all photos can be biggie-sized by clicking on them)

4oz Polypay combed top
 mordant the fiber with cream of tartar and alum
 put the heat to the mordant pot and the dye pot
 I put the marigold blossoms into a small sweater bag so I didn't have to do so much straining later (still had to run it through 6 layers of cheese cloth though)
 kept my books handy in case I forgot what I was doing at some point
 after a good rinse the fiber went into the dye pot
 next day it was time for a rinse
 and the next day it was dry and ready to spin
 the fiber color is different under each kind of light you view it under, I believe I'll call it Sam's Feet since it's just about the same color
I believe the experiment was a success.  I was hoping for more of an orange color like it looked when wet but I probably would have had to use some type of after bath to get an orange that would stay orange.  Now to give some of it a spin and see what the yarn will look like...stay tuned.

And for all of you who love LittleDog...
don't you think we should get busy on that holiday knitting?  (please ignore my devil eyes, I'm not a fan of the flash)


pinkundine said...

Oooh, very cool, I love the colour :)

WonderWhyGal said...

I think that is my biggest fear with using plants to truly never know the exact shade you are going to get. It's a lovely color.

Tamara Miller said...

@Wonder Why But that is the fun of it! And Ally what did you do differently that changed the color? Did you use more yellow flowers? The roving looks pretty orange in the photo. I have never gotten that color. I usually get a clear bright yellow.
Your first try with marigolds will look good if paired with the right color. What about a tweed with pale blue? Can you bring it to spinning on Sunday?

Kathryn Ray said...

I am wondering who Sam is, and why his feet are that color... I'm hoping he's one of Little Dog's buddies. ;-)

Speaking of Little Dog... that is one crazy photo. :-)

Definately looking forward to the spinning. :-)

Heather Woollove said...

How beautiful!! I love reading about your natural dyeing!! XXO-

Dutch Hollow said...

Wow, that color came out beautifully! Very rich and even.

Carlin said...

Dying with natural materials is quite impressive. I don't know that I would have the patience for it.

Vivian said...

The dye-ing process is a lot more complicated than I thought, and the fiber came out beautifully!

LittleDog, it's the teeth that make me giggle. my pups don't like flash neither.

Teje said...

Hi! That looks beautiful and interesting! Hugs to your sweet assistant!
x Teje

Spinster Beth said...


Voie de Vie said...

Nicely done! Can't wait to see it spun up - and neither can LittleDog. :)