Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Some dyeing after all

Just to show that I am dyeing here is some of my latest stuff.
At the moment I am playing around with dyeing merino pre flets-a lovely soft flexible needle felt that has all sorts of possibilities. It takes the dye beautifully. I have tried it with extract dyes and also a logwood bath which is really violet although it looks blue in the picture.
Underneath that is a Christmas present, 16 micron merino, some tussah silk and silk caps also dyed with extract dyes, logwood, cutch waste and chaste tree, while finally on the bobbin is some of Lesley Prior's kid mohair from her Devon farm being spun for a scarf for DH who may get it in the New Year rather than Christmas. I am going to ply it with indigo dyed tussah silk.


  1. Oh how I love the subtleties of these colors, just GORGEOUS!

    Your blog is wonderful. I am very interested to learn about using plants to make dyes, so I really appreciate all the information - and great photos - you have posted here... I can tell you are quite taken with it!

  2. Thank you Sweatpea I am glad you like the blog and it is so nice to have others appreciate Natrual dyes

  3. Helen, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
    I love the blues in the last picture:)

  4. Helen, the prefelt has great colours. what are you doing with this to finish? I haven't had much time for dyeing lately, but I'll have to do some after christmas - for other gifts! have a lovely christmas and a good (if cold?) start into 2010!

  5. Oh, I love the colours on the prefelts!
    Merry Christmas and a happy New Year - with a better health :-)

  6. The wealth of colour here is a treat, whilst snow is pretty and romantic for Christmas, we've spent the past week in a rather colour-less world. I especially like the look of the indigo dyed tussah silk.