Natural Dye – Apple Twigs

An index card on a white table. The information transcribed to the website page for the Apple Twigs is hand written in blue ink. There are two samples of yarn and two samples of fabric stapled to the index card. The yarns are a reddish brown and the fabrics are a light orangey tan,

BFL Yarn – BFL Tweed Yarn – Cotton Fabric – Linen Fabric

  • Apple tree twigs (filled one spaghetti sauce jar with small pieces)
  • 123.2 g fiber samples
  • 9. g alum (8%)
  • Soak twigs in water for 24 hours
  • Simmer twigs 1 hour + 45 minutes
  • Dissolve alum and add wet fibers
  • Simmer fiber 1 hour + 15 minutes
  • Let soak overnight
  • Rinse and wash with Soak

Smelled like cider!

Natural Dye – Yellow Onion Skins

  • 58.6 g yellow onion skins
  • 143.3 g fiber samples
  • 11.4 alum (8%)
  • Simmer onion skins 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Dissolve alum (all in on) and add the wet fiber samples
  • Simmer 1 hour and 10 minutes
  • Let Soak overnight
  • Rinse and wash with Soak

2nd bath with:

  • 103.7 g aloe fiber sample
  • 59.1 g mohair fiber sample
  • 13 g alum (8%)

Same steps.

An index card on a white table. On the left, the information for the yellow onion dye detailed on this web page is handwritten in blue ink. 

On the right is stapled 5 yarn samples and 2 fabric samples. The BFL BFL Tweed, and cotton yarns are orange. The 2 fabric samples are yellow orange. The mohair  and aloe yarns are yellow tan.

BFL Yarn – BFL Tweed Yarn – Cotton Yarn – Cotton Fabric – Linen Fabric

Mohair Yarn – Aloe Yarn

Natural Dye – Dandelions

An index card on a white table. On the left, the information for the dandelion petals detailed on this web page is handwritten in black ink. 

On the right is stapled 2 yarn samples and 2 fabric samples. The cotton yarn is a light yellow. The BFL is a slightly darker yellow. The cotton and linen samples are the same light yellow as the cotton yarn.

Cotton – BFL – Cotton – Linen

Natural Dye – Dandelion Petals 1

  • 20.3g dandelion flower petals
  • 100.0 g fiber samples
  • 9.0 g alum
  • Simmer dandelions for 1 hour
  • Added + dissolved alum directly to dye pot
  • Add wet fiber samples
  • Dye simmer for 1 hour
  • Let soak overnight
  • Rinse with Soak and line dry

Cotton – BFL Tweed

Natural Dye – Dandelion Petals 2

  • Dye stock from Dandelion Petals 1
  • 1 tsp iron water
  • 42.75 g fiber samples
  • .22 g alum
  • Reheat petal dye stock (1 hour to temp while prepping)
  • Stir in alum and iron water
  • Dye fibers at simmer 1 hour
  • Let sit overnight
  • Rinse with Soak and line dry

Cotton Yarn – BFL Yarn – Cotton Fabric – Linen Fabric

Natural Dye – Dandelion Flowers

  • 49.17 g whole flowers
  • 119.3 g fiber samples
  • 9.5 g alum
  • Simmer flowers for 1 hour
  • Add alum to dye pot
  • Add wet fibers and simmer for 1 hour
  • Turn off heat and soak overnight
  • Rinse with Soak and line dry
An index card on a white table. On the left, the information for the dandelion flowers and leaves detailed on this web page is handwritten in black ink. 

On the right, 2 yarn samples and 2 fabric samples are stapled to the card. The cotton yarn,  cotton fabric, and cotton linen are n offwhite yellow. The BFL tweed yarn is a greyeish yellow tan.

Cotton Yarn – BFL Tweed Yarn – Cotton Fabric – Linen Fabric

Natural Dye – Dandelions – Flowers and Leaves

  • Flowers from previous flower dye
  • 50 g leaves
  • 116.1g fiber samles
  • 9.3 g alum
  • Reheat flower dye and add leaves
  • Simmer for 1 hour
  • Add alum and dissolve
  • Add wet fiber samples
  • Dye simmer 1 hour
  • Turn off heat and let sit overnight
  • Rinse with Soak and line dry

BFL Yarn – BFL Yarn with iron + birch

Natural Dye – Dandelion (combo)

  • Dye stock from petals + flowers/leaves
  • 50.68 g fiber samples
  • 18.58 g previously iron + birch dyed fiber sample
  • 4.1 g alum
  • Reheat dye stock 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Dissolve in alum
  • Add wet fiber samples
  • Simmer 1 hour
  • Soak overnight
  • Rinse with Soak and line dry

Natural Dye – Black Beans

2/11/19 – cold soak beans (1 bag from Stop N Shop)

2/12/19 –

  • 8% alum mordant samples
  • 1 hour simmer per sample bath
  • Add samples to bean vat to cold soak overnight

2/14/19 –

  • 8% alum mordant smaples
  • 1 hour simmer per sample bath
  • Add samples to same bean vat to cold soak overnight
An index card on a white table. The information for the black bean dyeing detailed on this web page is handwritten in black ink.

On the left are stapled 3 yarn samples and 1 fabric sample. The cotton yarn is a light grey-blue. The two BFL yarns are a dark blue grey. The linen sample is a light blue grey.

On the right is stapled a yarn sample and a fabric sample. The cotton yarn is an offwhite grey. The linen is light grey.

Cotton Yarn – BFL Yarn – BFL Tweed Yarn – Linen Fabric

Cotton Yarn – Linen Fabric

Natural Dye – Avocado Pits

An index card on a white table. There is information for the first and second avocado pit dye baths written in black ink that is detailed on this web page. 

Beneath the first dye bath are 3 yarn samples and 2 fabric samples. The BFL yarn samples are a pinkish tan color. The cotton yarn is a very light pink. The muslin fabric sample is just off white pink. The linen fabric sample is a light pinkish tan color.

There are 3 yarn samples and 1 fabric sample stapled beneath the second dye bath information. The fabric sample is a light greyish pink. The cotton yarn is a similar color with less of a grey tone. The two BFL yarns are a grey mauve.

BFL Tweed Yarn – BFL Yarn – Cotton Yarn – Muslin Fabric – Linen Fabric

Linen/Rayon Fabric – Cotton Yarn – BFL Tweed Yarn – BFL Yarn

Natural Dye – Avocado Pits

(Note: I didn’t record the number of avocado pits, but there were enough to cover the bottom of my pot. My guess would be about 20 of varying sizes to result in the amount of dye produced.)

2/10/19 –

  • No mordant
  • 1st pot – about 70 deg C
  • Simmer pits for about 2 hours
  • Simmer samples for 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Let samples sit in dye water overnight
An index card on a white table. There is information for the third and fourth avocado pit dye baths written in black ink that is detailed on this web page. 

The third dye bath samples include 2 BFL yarns  in a dark brownish pink color and a cotton yarn in a light pink.

The fourth dye bath sample is a Merino yarn in a mid-tone pink with gold sparkle.

BFL Yarn – BFL Tweed Yarn – Cotton Yarn

Merino Yarn with Stellina (For Mom)

Natural Dye – Avocado Pits (card 2)

2/11/19 –

  • No mordant (pot #3)
  • Added 2.5 tsp baking soda (about a 9 on a pH test strip)
  • Simmer pits for 1 hour
  • Leave samples in dye overnight

2/12/19 –

  • No mordant (pot #4)
  • Simmer Merino/Stellina skein for 1 hour in 2/11/19 dye vat
  • Leave yarn in dye water overnight

2/10/19 –

  • No Mordant
  • 2nd pot – just under boiling
  • Simmer for 1 hour
  • Simmer samples for 1 hour
  • Let samples sit in dye water overnight

An index card on a white table. There is information for the fifth and sixth avocado pit dye baths written in black ink that is detailed on this web page. 

Beneath the fifth dye bath information is 2 pink BFL yarns 1 splotchy linen fabric sample.

In the center of the card is a greyish blue FL yarn sample that was previously dyed with black beans.

The sixth dye bath samples are two BFL yarns. The BFL yarn is a light salmony pink and the BFL tweed is a light grey mauve.

BFL Yarn – BFL Tweed Yarn – Linen Fabric – BFL Tweed Yarn + Black Bean cold dye

BFL Yarn – BFL Tweed Yarn

Natural Dye – Avocado Pits (card 3)

2/14/19 –

  • No mordant (pot #5)
  • Simmer samples for 1 hour with previous dye bath
  • Let dye bath sit overnight

2/16/19 –

  • No mordant (pot #6)
  • Simmer samples for 1 hour with previous dye bath
  • Let dye bath sit overnight
An index card on a white table. There is information for the 6b, seventh, and eighth avocado pit dye baths written in black ink that is detailed on this web page. 

The 6b BFL sample is a light pinkish beige color.

The seventh BFL tweed smaple is  ligth pink.

The eighth BFL sample is a light pink.

BFL Yarn

BFL Tweed Yarn

BFL Yarn

Natural Dye – Avocado Pits (card 4)

2/16/19 –

  • No mordant (pot #6b)
  • Add pits to previous dye and 2.5 tsp baking soda
  • Simmer for 2 hours
  • Simmer skein for 1 hour
  • Leave in dye overnight

2/17/19 –

  • No mordant (pot #7)
  • Simmer skin in original baking soda dye for 2 hours
  • Leave overnight

2/18/19 –

  • No mordant (pot #8)
  • Simmer skein in original baking soda dye for 1 hour
  • Leave overnight