|Knit Picks undyed yarn|
|Raw Materials, clockwise from top left; dandelion heads, geranium petals, dianthus, onion peels|
I used alum & cream of tartar as a mordant. (one of the least toxic mordant options)
|Mordanting; alum & cream of tartar|
|Geranium (in the jar) & onion skin dyeing|
Pink Dianthus - turned to colourless mush in the freezer.
Yellow onion skins - gave the strongest colour of all.
Marigold flower heads - gave a surprisingly greenish colour on the yarn
Dandelion heads - the extracted colour was so weak, I added some carrot leaves to the final dye bath.
Pink geranium petals - gave a really lovely colour in water, but this did not transfer to the yarn; the finished yarn is a very subtle shade of not-quite natural.
|L-R: onion skin, marigold, dandelion & carrot leaves, geraniums|
To be continued....