|Better get planting |
We are very fortunate to have a huge walnut tree that provides a lot of dye materials and then there is the bush for foraging and collecting lots of wattles, eucalypts and much much more , Do not underestimate the value you can get out of vegetables you can plant in your garden. You do not need to dye with everything ofcourse , some of these veggies are excellent for your diet or the bunnies too!
Here are two examples of beautiful plants that are all rounders : beautiful, nourishing and great dyestuffs !
It has been known to heal wounds when all other remedies have failed. It is also an excellent green manure to improve soil conditions and the leaves also make a gorgeous mossy green. Comfrey grows best in moist conditions in both sun or shade and provides great cover under trees and shrubs. The plants can be divided in spring or in fall.
The good thing about your comfrey dyebath (as long as you have added no modifyers !) you can use it the same way as you would a liquid feed or tomatoes or you can use it as garden mulch. The make a dye bath with the Comfrey you simply cut up the leaves and cover them with boiling water and let soak overnight. Then you simmer the dyebath for at least one to two hours . Add your fibers. Turn off the heat and let it soak overnight. It gives your yarn and fibres a beautiful mossy green. If you want a darker yellow brown green just add some iron (old nails will do) . you do not need any mordant for protein fibres although it will make it more colourfast. For vegetable fibres you definitely need alum. Use the same amount of dyestuff to fibres for high saturation.
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Bunny Mink handspun 3 ply yarn
70% long hair mink, 30% angora. +/- 300 m / 50g. A very super soft yarn with an amazing meterage!
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