I have been very intrigued by natural dyeing and recently purchased several books to get me started and I must say I’m very excited about this new fiberarts adventure.
The Modern Natural Dyer by Kristine Vejar (Verb For Keeping Warm)
A couple of weeks ago I took the plunge and tried solar dying with marigold flowers I collected. I boiled the flowers first to help extract the color. Next I mixed alum into the strained dye water and poured it into a large jar.
I let the fiber soak up the warmth of the sun for two days and then drained the jar, gently removed the fiber and squeezed out the excess dye water. I hung the fiber on a hang to dry in the sun, which took about four hours to completely dry.
With this first attempt of solar dying, I now want to dye more fiber using natural sources and botanicals. I really do think this will loads of fun and a wonderful next step in rounding off my love of the fiberarts.
Until next time, be creative!