As you know I have been sort of natural dyeing mad this summer (understatement I think) and a few days ago I decided that I'd better label all the stuff I dyed before it was too late. Rather innocently I delved into the basket where I keep my pieces of blanket and it was a bit like Mary Poppin's carpet bag - blanket just kept coming out. I did manage to label most of the pieces thankfully - telling myself I should do this straight away in the future. I thought you might like to see some of the pieces together as I've only posted up pics as and when. This is about 3/4 of the whole lot - the stack was going to fall over if I put any more on top. The left pic is outside and the right one taken with a flash inside. I'd say that the true colours are a cross between the two. Aren't they lovely? I'm starting to view them as my children and getting a bit possessive so I think I ought to start selling them. Here's another pic from proud Mum:
From top bottom to top you can see walnut, madder, indigo, brazilwood, goldenrod, brazilwood (pink), logwood (purple), cutch (brown) and the green is my fave combination goldenrod and indigo.
I have also dyed a lot of fleece but I didn't have the energy to start sorting all that out - two black bin bags full of plastic bags with each shade in a bag. By the way the obsession hasn't passed yet. I'm getting together with two friends to try cochineal and madder tomorrow - want to try and get a red out of madder as I've only managed a sort of teracotta.
As much as I love natural dyes and dyeing I really fancy having a go at Kool Aid dyeing. I have seen some pics on flickr and I want to try and dye some sock wool in different colours - space dyeing is that what it's called? All I know is that it's an American drink (what does your stomach look like afterwards?), some of it has sugar in it and that's it. So please can I ask you for some advice. Which colours are nice, is there a particular type I get, how do I use it, does it need vinegar and finally how do you get a skein to be a few different colours? Any tips, hints, advice, links, pics MUCH APPRECIATED. Ooh I feel another obsession coming on!
Thank you so much for all your kind words about Rohan's burnt fingers. It seemed to go from bad to worse. The nurse popped the blister on Saturday and covered it in plastic. However, as it was looking a bit manky I took the plastic off on Monday and in the short space of time before I was going to put the next one on he managed to catch his thumb on something and peel most of the dead skin away. More tears and panic and it was back to Casualty ( I've never been in 13 years of having children but was there 3 times in one w/end) and they cut off the dead skin. Underneath was bright pink and raw and the nurse dressed it in breathable stuff. I'd doused it in tea tree beforehand. Let's hope it's healing well underneath the bandage.