So, I’ve been learning about natural dyes and the process of dyeing yarn for the past few weeks. I got an awesome color and I wanted to reproduce it on a bigger scale. I got a very deep and beautiful purple from blackberries. I’m now going to knit a hat with it and super excited. Warning: Über Long Post.
Today I did a lab on how mordants affect yarn colors from natural dyes. I used the same book I used for the other lab. The natural sources I used were blackberries, onion skins, (decaf) coffee, and (Lipton) tea. It was so exciting to see the results. I was definitely shocked when some of the colors were extreme (which is really nice to have since I’ve only really seen very nice and soft colors from natural dyes online). Continue reading
My awesome mentor bought a book called The Chemistry of Natural Dyes by Dianne N. Epp. The book goes into the chemistry of dyes, wool, mordants and pretty much anything you need to know about dyeing. I’m so excited because there’s chemistry in there and explanations! The other sources of information I found simply talked about what happens and what to do, but never explained why or what happens chemically. Continue reading
She basically shows how useful and interesting these natural dyes can be! In addition, you can see how we can use plants that we find annoying like weeds and turn them into dyes.
After deciding that I really wanted to explore how the dyes works, I decided I should explore natural dyes. Natural dyes come from weird sources. They come from cow urine, insects, snails, octopus, and minerals. I was shocked that there were so many sources for colors. It also makes me wonder who discovered that the sources created colors on fibers. Continue reading