Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Yarrow Project Continued

Note: Go to my previous blog and look at the photos-last first to be in order-than read here-lol

Oops I always forget that I need to think backwards when posting my photos. So thought I would continue on with this second post. I also over dyed after the yarrow bath the next day with iron sollution (the darker pieces) and well aged black walnut sollution (collected last fall)

Here are the details:
First day

I collected wild yarrow with snippers. I cut at the base of plant and then snipped in half-so using the stem, leaves, and flowers.

Then I soaked in rain water for an hour, and then started a fire, put my big stainless steel pot on and poured this mixture in. I added another gallon of the rain water.

I let the dye pot come to just below a simmer, let sit til it all cooled down, in the evening I strained it off, and realized I would be freezing 5 gallons-so decided to go ahead with my project

Day 2

I mordanted my wools with alum from Earth Hues for wools, and cream of tartar from Penzeys spices

As these were cooling down I started up the fire and heated up the dye pot. when both baths were the same temperature (needed for wool as not to felt) I rinsed the mordant wools and added to the dye pot. let it come back up to below simmer-didn't see much action happening, so collected another big bunch of fresh yarrow and added to the pot.

I let it sit in the sollution at just below simmer for several hours, then stopped adding the wood to the fire, and then let it all sit til the next day

Day 3

I was dissappointed, as it didn't seem like alot of color-didn't really see the yellow happening on the white pieces, more of a tan. so I decided to save out the two largest pieces of this, and the rest I decided to do an after mordant with my iron sollution, and also use my black walnut sollution that has been fermenting outside since I collected the nuts last fall

The iron I brought to just lukewarm with the wool pieces, then turned the heat off. as I have read the warnings that too much iron will ruin your wool. so I was amazed how fast everything turned so dark. I just let it sit for maybe an hour or so-and rinsed it out. then hung to dry.

The other wool pieces, I decided not to warm up the saved black walnut sollution, but just put the wool right in. wow immediately this became darker too-dark browns. so I let that sit a couple hours before rinsing. and then one piece I just put in for a very short time, so I would get a blend of shades. after all the wools were rinsed til the water is clear the pieces were all hung on the line in the shadiest part, to dry.

I am very happy with all the results, and this is definately an addictive creative project!!

I also uploaded photos to the hand dye album with more descriptions as well this link is where the photos begin-view til end of album

What would I do differently?? Have more patience!-lol-as you can see I did get a pretty soft yellow after the white wool was rinsed well and dried.

The Yarrow Dye Pot with Recycled Wool Pieces

This was a fun project!


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