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colour and fibre

June 21, 2020

the flowers were blooming

“ladies mantle” or Alchemilla mollis

my neighbor gave me her flowers so the pot was full

soaked for a week, then simmered for 1 hour and cooled overnight

removed the plant material (it goes in the compost)

then the fibres were simmered 1 hour and again cooled in the dye overnight

drying in the sun

the colours here are close to the actual yarns

wool, silk and two cottons

the green cotton skein had a quick dip in the indigo (too strong!)

then was mordanted in myrobalan (tannin) and then in alum before going into the pot

ย  the indigo skeins are wound into balls and with several orphans from the stash added

ready to wind a warp

I couldn’t wait to spin this blend

the Merino, qiveut and silk

it is light as a feather, soft and cuddly as a teddy bear and will be warmer than any other fibre

now what to make with it?

the indigo vat is looking healthy, I talk to it every day




12 Comments leave one →
  1. vdbolyard permalink
    June 28, 2020 10:23 am

    i can just imagine your indigo convos… and the quiviut blend…sounds absolutely amazing!


    • June 28, 2020 11:07 am

      Velma – I try to be polite when talking to the vat, sometimes when the pH needs adjusting etc. the conversation gets a little heated! The qiviut needs to be knitted to fully appreciate its qualities, unfortunately I don’t knit anymore due to arthritis in hands, possibly weave a scarf on a silk warp.


  2. Going Batty in Wales permalink
    June 22, 2020 4:17 am

    I love the idea of spinning and dying spreading through the neighbourhood, being caught like a virus only healthy!


  3. June 21, 2020 7:13 pm

    Magic. ๐Ÿ™‚


  4. June 21, 2020 6:20 pm

    Do you have your neighbours trained to offer you their dye-worthy plants, or do you have to ask? I should think you’re the neighbourhood witch by now, always with a seething cauldron of something!


    • June 21, 2020 9:36 pm

      Kate – “Double, double toil and trouble. Fire burn and cauldron bubble” I’m teaching the neighbor to spin and as she loves to garden she is interested in the dyeing. We talk to one another across the road, the whole neighborhood is learning to spin and dye!


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