Shibori Dyed Silk & Wool Scarf
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Monday's project at home: Shibori dyed 100% cotton flour sack kitchen towels
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U.S. Hand Dyed Cotton/Rayon Blend Scarf
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I've been naturally dyeing yarn/fiber/fabric with turmeric for over 5 years now. The range of yellows produced with this single root has always fascinated me.
For this project, I dyed some of my husband's old undershirts (t-shirts)--Shibori-style--and then let them sit in the dye pot around 24 hours. I kept the pot on low heat until bedtime and then I turned the heat off overnight. After rinsing them in cold water, I threw them into the washing machine (no detergent) and then into a high heat dryer until they were completely dry.
For a video of the finished t-shirts before they were cut into yarn, click here.
I cut up the shirts so I would have one continuous ball of yarn per shirt and then rolled them into balls. I'll probably weave a small bathroom rug out of the yarn when I get enough made.
I’ve done a good bit of natural dyeing over the past 5 years, but not quite as much with avocados. So, I decided to dye some merino/angora yarn I had on hand using the skins and pits from two avocados.
I let the avocados simmer for about 12 hours, turned the heat off overnight, and then simmered them for another hour or so the next day.
I put two 50 gram skeins of merino/angora fingering weight yarn (undyed) into the dye bath after letting them soak for an hour or more in tepid water. They remained in the dye pot all day on low heat. I turned the heat off overnight and took them out in the morning.
I placed the pits/skins into another pot to see if I could extract more color…and now I’m dyeing two more 50 gram skeins of the same yarn as I write this. It’s amazing how much color can be extracted from only two avocado pits and skins.
I’m not going for a heavy saturation of color–just a pretty pinkish hue, so that’s why I’m using so few avocados. If I decide to do a larger batch of yarn in the future, I’ll probably try for a darker pink.
|Two avocado pits/skins: darkest color, 3 hours on low heat|
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