I recently followed a workshop on natural dyeing and I’m thrilled. It’s so bonding with nature and the result is like magic.
We learned about “Grands Teints” and “Petits Teints”. “Grands Teints” indicates that the color has proven to be sustainable overtime even when being exposed to light.
We mainly used “Grands Teints” material like walnut, onion shells, cochineal, madder root and reseda.
We first learned about the traditional and ancient dyeing technique according to precise recipes.
Another method was to apply the dyes directly and randomly onto the yarn with a table spoon, wrap the yarn and put it in the microwave or steam oven. Aren’t these two skeins lovely?
Cochineal and blue-wood.
Cutch, reseda and a few onion shells.
Finally, we did some solar dyeing.
Cochineal, walnut leafs, and – sorry for the latin name – Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’ all went into the pot and then the sun could do the rest.
And here’s how it came out:
About a month has gone by and I’ve been thinking about it ever since.
I’ve been collecting stuff I could use (you need a lot!) and made others collect for me too.
I’ve ordered undyed yarn and mordants.
I think I’m almost ready to do my own natural dyeing.