|Dye tests in old yogurt cups.|
|Left, wild hellebore test. Right, hairy rose hip test.|
The wild hellebore flowers and the deformed rose hips made some surprising color. The flowers made a clear lime green tint.
|Hellebore flower test.|
|Deformed rose hip.|
|Deformed rose hip test.|
|Everlasting leaves test jar.|
|Everlasting stems test jar.|
The wild hellebore leaves were also a nice warm peachy green color. Note: hellebore are poisonous plants. Don't leave the dye bath where animals or kids can reach it. Wash the fibers well after dyeing.
|Wild hellebore leaves test jar.|
I've also been mordanting as much as possible in preparation for spring.
Because of the nice weather I've been out in the garden a lot. I trimmed 650g of branches and leaves off of my sage bush and decided to make a bath out of them before I chucked them into the compost pile. I chopped and simmered the leaves in tap water before straining the bath. I dyed 200g wool. What an amazing surprise. The bath didn't look like much, but it made a very vibrant yellow green.
This yarn I'm dyeing is a 2 ply Blue Faced Leicester. It's supposed to be a sock yarn, but I'm not sure that it's cushy enough. I'll have to test it out. It took a lot of washing to get the spinning oil and natural oils out. I'm very glad to have taken to time to wash the fibers before dyeing them. I'm pretty sure my last dyeing disaster was due to my not taking the time to wash the fibers first. Lesson learned.