A mixture of wool specific commercial dyes along with natural dyes - think branches into a pot - were all part of the day. So many colours, so many combinations, I'll let the pictures tell the story...
Above, the eucalyptus dye pot. Nicholii is the species that seems to be the favourite here, turning everyday cream and fawn fibre into the most vibrant burnt orange shades. Eucalyptus dyeing does not require a mordant I have since discovered. Just ask me how I know - I learned the hard way!
Below, mordanting in alum in preparation for natural dye baths including indigo, peach leaves and logwood.
The peach leaf dye bath takes several hours of steaming to release it's colour..
..but the results are worth it! First up is a lemon yellow and then, with the addition of another mordant, the fibre turns a delicate shade of green, below..
Gorgeous! It's making me eye off my nectarine tree in a whole new light. I wonder if peach and nectarine leaves are interchangeable...
Indigo is my new favourite dye! Seeing the fibre turn from a yellow-green to bright blue once it hits the oxygen outside of the simmering dye water is really a sight to behold. Amazing!!
How can it be possible that nature can provide us with a colour such as this?
You can read about last year's dyeing day HERE.
Do you dye things? Maybe you use natural dyes? Which one is your favourite?