Sunday, April 24, 2016

Solar dyeing revisited

It's a month since I tried solar dyeing of wool using my black/purple pansies.  Here are the results!
 The jar with the frozen flowers is on the left.  You can see that the colour didn't penetrate all through the wool with the fresh flowers on the right.
 That jar also developed a bit of mould on top, though it didn't affect the results.
Here are the 2 skeins out drying.  I was expecting more of a purple shade, but it's come out a lovely blue.  Clearly, frozen flowers work better, so I'll use those in future.

If you want to try this, add your skein to a 1 litre glass jar.  Mix hot water with 2 heaped teaspoons of alum and 1 teaspoon cream of tartar. Leave in a sunny position.

4 comments:

Desi said...

Brilliant. How many flowers did you use?

Nancy J said...

I can see pansies of all shades growing in your garden soon. A great way to dye the wool, and this will be lovely when knitted, a little varied along the rows.

The Idaho Beauty said...

That IS a lovely shade of blue. Very interesting to see how differently the fresh flowers reacted.

Fran├žoise said...

Gorgeous blue! I wonder why the fresh flowers didn't react as well. Is it because the frozen ones broke down faster?