Sunday, October 12, 2014

Dyeing Wool with Goldenrod


Spinzella has come to an end! 3,204 yards of handspinning, and even though it was fun, I am spun out but, I have plenty of yarn for some winter knitting projects.

Most of the yarn I spun was Natural Colored,(greys) but I did throw a pop of color in there, spinning up some roving dyed with Goldenrod.

My second attempt at dyeing with plants.

Goldenrod is abundant in our area, and it would have taken me a short amount of time to gather enough, if I had done it a couple of weeks earlier. I had to do a bit more foraging to find some bright yellow flowers, but I did manage to gather enough. It is a 10-1 ratio, Goldenrod being the 10.



I didn't have any light colored yarn, so I dyed some Tunis Roving that I had.




I have decided that I like dyeing yarn more than the roving. The roving seems to felt a little bit and it made it harder to spin. 



Tunis Dyed with Goldenrod




Overall, I really enjoyed dyeing with the Goldenrod. I love the color! It was no where near as messy as working with the Pokeberry, but it did take a lot of rinses to get the extra dye out.

This week I am trying Sumac, I will let you know how it goes.

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25 comments:

  1. Goldenrod is the one plant I had not used to dye with. I'm glad you posted this. We have a ton of it here.

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    1. Kristina, I hope you get a chance to try it, I was happy with the end results.

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  2. Over 3000 yards - wow! The soft color of the yarn is beautiful.

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    1. Thank you :) I liked out it turned out in the yarn.

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  3. Our fields are in full color of goldenrod! So pretty and my bees love it! That color turned out so vibrant! I think you need a break from spinning! 3200 yards....that is impressive!!!

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  4. I just love that soft deep yellow! We have a lot of goldenrod here too.

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    1. Thanks Lisa, I was skeptical but I ended up loving the color.

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  5. Will this lovely yellow balance with the stunning pokeberry?

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    1. I like both the colors with the natural greys best.

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  6. That's a lot of spinning! You ended up with a nice soft yellow to play with. Nice dyeing!!

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    1. Judy, thanks, it should keep me busy for a while.

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  7. I love your plant-dying results! The pokeberry was absolutely beautiful. Did it stay that brilliant maroon/burgundy? Pokeberry is a pretty color on my horses when they smash into the berries.
    Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead

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    1. When it was rinsed it lightened a little, but I am still happy with results. I love it with the grey. :)

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  8. Beautiful color! It looks like it will pop when knitted or put next to another color.

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  9. Great information! I like how it turned out. I tried growing Safflower last year for dying, but had no idea they had stickers - or how many plants I would need to make dye. I think I will try something else.

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  10. p.s. Goldenrod is our state flower. I think I would love to try this. Now - if you could just come and shear my sheep for me...

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    1. I would be happy to send our sheep shearer :)

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  12. I am just now starting to experiment with dyeing my alpaca fiber. I have read every post you have written about dyeing and you make it look so easy. Thanks for making me want to give it a try!

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    1. I love the using my natural colored wool, but I have enjoyed dyeing as well.
      The Goldenrod is coming in now, and I am going to try it again.
      Good luck with your dyeing projects!

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