Instead of our usual activities at spinning group this week, we instead met at a member's home for a dyeing day. Oh my goodness, it was amazing!! I am so inspired..there were so many techniques to try and colours coming out of the dye pots my head is (you guessed it) spinning.
Take a peek!
I have never seen so many skeins of handspun yarn in the one place at the one time!
Set up in the host's carport, there seemed to be portable camping stoves with enormous pots on them in every available space! Plus a large central table for 'painting' the dye onto skeins. A portable sink with hose and a microwave as an alternative heating source completed the set up...oops, add a tea/coffee/snack table just inside the back door to the list and then the set up was complete! And buckets, lots of buckets. Oh, and chairs too, although they didn't seem to be getting much sitting done on them...
Both synthetic and natural dyes were in use...
Below, a eucalyptus leaf dye bath!
....and here is the eucalyptus yarn after is had been simmering for quite some time:
What an amazing colour! From Nature!! Don't you just love her generosity?
There are the eucalyptus dyed skeins down in the bottom left corner. I have been seduced!
I wish I had taken a photo of the peach leaf dyed wool..this was the most beautiful sage green (mordant was copper). The top right yarn in the pic below is 'watermelon' made from a derivative of madder.
Unfortunately, I didn't dye anything myself as it was hubby's birthday and I had a million other thoughts on my mind (plus jobs to do!). However, I did take my wheel and got in a quick hour or so of spinning for the youngest's hat and mittens that she has requested.
What a fantastic day! I am off to go and play with some gum leaves...ahh, what fun!