BottomsUpOrange – Dyed Yarn Success!

By: Christine Cardimen

Yay! More batches of natural dyed yarn have worked out really well! That’s not to say I didn’t have some mishaps along the way lol! Dried lavender just turned ugly brown. And I burned a pot of blueberry yarn on too high heat for too long, trying to repeat my blueberry success! Anyway, the below natural dyes did work out really well! And I learned ‘slow & long’ is the best rule of thumb for dying yarn!

Post Mordant Coffee (top) / Natural Wool (bottom)
Blackberry simmering!
Raspberry simmering!
Turmeric simmering!
Yellow Onion (peel) simmering!
Batch1: Post Mordant Wool Drying: L turmeric / onion / raspberry / R blackberry

I’m quite impressed & happy with these results!

Then I decided to mix the two remain yellow dyes and also the two remaining blueberry dyes for new colors. I didn’t have any more wool so I went to my closet for white Acrylic, and made some small yarn balls with the winder! In my haste I forgot to prep the yarn with mordant and just sunk it in, so it will probably turn out lighter!

This is the remaining onion/turmeric dye simmering!
This is the remaining raspberry/blueberry dye simmering!
A new batch of coffee simmering!
Batch2: Acrylic Drying: L yellow mixture / berry mixture / R coffee

Next, I went on to a third batch since my colors were working so well, and I wondered what another dye batch would look like!

3rd berry batch mixture: Wool & Acrylic!
3rd yellow mixture: Wool/Acrylic Mix!
Acrylic Drying: L berry & yellow
Wool Drying: R post mordant wool in berry
4th batch: Add it all together (coffee/berry/yellow) & I should get brown!
Batch4: Drying light brown/cream from the everything combined mixture!

Well, I think that’s it for the day. I need to let them dry, rinse them in the conditioning Soak wash, and let them dry again! Very excited to see the end result!

Enjoy! BUO-Christine

5 responses to “BottomsUpOrange – Dyed Yarn Success!”

  1. Wow!! Really cool.

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      1. You’re welcome. Using berries is something I wouldn’t have thought of. The colors are so beautiful from them.

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        1. Yes but….well….I’m going to have a win/fail post…the berries faded so much when dried & rinsed it was a bummer! 😢


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