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November 21, 2018

it’s raining, the garden and trees need it

doing some housework – boring but necessary!

I found some dyestuff in the freezer

pomegranate peel  – the fruit is available in the store at this time of year you can enjoy the seeds, the peel gives a good strong yellow

and avocado peel and seed, used separately they give slightly different colours

I wanted pastel colours

the yarn is handspun Merino/silk

top is the pomegranate

center is avocado, peel and seed together

the bottom skein was what I wanted – flesh colour, not pink, beige or yellow

 avocado exhaust bath with a tiny bit of cochineal added ( just 10 little insects)

it was challenging to dye and even more difficult to photograph

struggling with the weaving as well

while cleaning up I found a small bag of flax

spinning linen warp for tapestry

now I’m off to weave tea towels – at least I know what I’m doing there



6 Comments leave one →
  1. November 22, 2018 4:58 am

    Such soft, lovely colors!


  2. November 21, 2018 2:30 pm

    Lovely delicate colours. My eye loves and my brain demands strong colour, but these are more distinctive for being achieved naturally instead of with chemicals.


    • November 21, 2018 2:40 pm

      Kate – I have found from living/working in both a climate with strong sunlight and in a northern coastal climate that our eye/brain chooses very different colours influenced by the light around us. I almost always use natural dyes now, chemical dyes look flat and garish, natural dyes have many slight variations and are more complex.

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        November 26, 2018 5:57 pm

        Jean–good description of the difference between the dyes.


      • November 26, 2018 10:21 pm

        Velma – after years of dyeing it is good when you have achieved some control and come close to the colour you want.


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