Dyeing in 2014

plant dyed silk

A lot of readers come here while searching for posts on plant dyeing and some of you probably subscribed for that only. I realize that it’s been quiet on that front during the winter months, so I just wanted to make a service announcement that there will indeed be more posts about dyeing eventually. In fact I have several half done drafts I could begin with…

Soon I’ll be ordering seeds, this year I’m going to replace the coreopsis with orange cosmos to try out. There won’t be as many different plants as last year, rather new experiments with old ones. And I hope to be making things with my older dyed yarns to show. The first yarn I used felts really well but is very scratchy, so I’m looking for ideas for non-clothing. Baskets, bags, cushion covers, knit, crochet, woven, felted, pictures or pattern suggestions are welcome!

Some acid dyeing adventures are also likely to happen. I hope you’ll forgive me for skipping around between various topics, but that’s what real life is like here at the cottage.

I’ll try to make it easily accessible via the menu up top.

Farvning i 2014danish

Plantefarvningsindlæg har jo været lidt sparsomme her i vinter, men jeg kan se at de gamle stadig bliver læst ganske ofte, så jeg syntes lige jeg ville udsende en servicemeddelelse i den anledning. Der kommer helt sikkert mere farveri på programmet i år, ikke kun planter, men også pulverfarve.

Jeg bestiller snart frø og regner med at erstatte skønhedsøje med orange cosmos. Der bliver ikke så mange nye eller forskellige eksperimenter, jeg gentager heller ikke dem fra sidste år, men snarere nye eksperimenter med gamle kendinge.

Der skulle også være en chance for at få lavet lidt færdige ting med det plantefarvede garn, som jeg kan vise frem. Det garn jeg har brugt filter rigtig godt, men er ret krads, så hvis I har gode ideer til ting, frem for tøj, som man kan strikke, hækle, væve, filte, fx. tasker, puder, kurve osv, så del meget gerne billeder eller opskrifter! 🙂

Selvom jeg har opgivet at oversætte alle mine indlæg her på bloggen, vil jeg dog fortsætte med det når det gælder plantefarvningen, som minimum, evt. også andre garnrelaterede emner. Jeg håber I vil bære over med mig at jeg sådan springer i diverse emner hen over året, men det er sådan der ser ud her i farvehytten, både virtuelt og i virkeligheden.

Der er et særligt menupunkt i toppen til emnet, så jeg håber det er rimelig nemt at finde rundt.

Oddly enough, the old tea towel soaked up dye like a sponge

19 thoughts on “Dyeing in 2014

    1. I’m not sure I’ll have any interesting input on seeds actually, since I plan to cultivate fewer – my greenhouse is broken, so I don’t have anywhere to nurse them. Also I’m not sure I have the stamina for “all the things”, so cutting back a bit in general.

      But I’m so disappointed with the fading of the coreopsis tinctoria yarns in daylight, that I can’t be bothered dyeing with them again unless it’s for something where it doesn’t matter.

        1. They are fun to play with because you can get a good range. Perhaps there is some secret to them that I haven’t unlocked – and perhaps they do just fine out of direct sunlight.

        2. In fact I just took out my two oldest skeins earlier today, to include in a new cover for my office chair. No direct light here, small room, north window with blinds.

  1. Seje farver, jeg glæder mig også til at høre mere om dine plantefarver. Det er da meget naturligt at det ligger still eom vinteren – det gør min plantefarvning også. Sjovt nok, for jeg har egentlig masser af tørrede planter og laver i ammonium, så hvorfor ikke bare prøve med dem.

      1. Gad vide, om det er når jeg bruger kategorien På dansk. De har mumlet noget om, at “fremmede karakterer” kan give ballade? Jeg kan lige lave et lille indlæg til i morgen, så må vi se.

    1. Jeg har også masser af tørrede, jeg gik bare død i det og havde brug for at lave noget andet. Det bliver heller ikke så intensivt i år som sidste sommer.

  2. Hi Pia. I am getting ready to start my poetry project on harvesting colour (not much to harvest out there today, too snowy and cold). My first step was to order three of the books you recommended: India Flint (Eco Colour), Rita Buchanan (A Dyer’s Garden) and Jenny Dean (Wild Colour). They arrived and I have a start at a reference library!!! Jane

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