I was inspired by Jo Wick on Facebook to try dyeing with goldenrod. Her results were such a wonderful, grungy color, I had to give it a try. I thought you would get a yellow color, but that is not the case. Maybe it did not come out yellow since the flower heads were past their prime and beginning to turn brown? Jo shared this link to give you an idea how to do it. The steps are pretty much the same with wool as they are with yarn. Since I am not much of a rule follower, I did not weigh the flower heads nor the wool. I did not use alum nor cream of tartar. I set the color with vinegar after simmering the wool for about an hour then off to the washer it went. Warm water, no detergent, Downy (makes the wool smell HEAVENLY), agitate for about 4 minutes. Dried in the dryer with a big towel.
The results from my first batch. I did not put very much wool in the dye pot because I was not sure how it would turn out. Amazing, isn't it?
|Before on the right|
After on the left
In the second pot I added much more wool.
This time there was a hint yellow in the dyed wool. Not sure why. Was it because I had so much more wool? Still good colors IMHO.
My third attempt is currently in the washer. I'm not sure how it will come out. I was in the midst of getting dinner on the table when it was time to give it a glug of vinegar. I grabbed the half gallon container, gave it a glug, and then gasped. I grabbed the bottle of bleach that was sitting out to wash the pan. ARGH! I quickly added vinegar. I think ~ HOPE ~ it will be ok. I should know better than to try to multiplex when dyeing.
For Kelley ~ If you looked up perfect pug in the dictionary, you just might find a picture of Ernestine. She has been such a good girl and brought her daddy (DSO) and I much happiness. She was just what we needed :)
I thought I was picking up a new foster today, but she first must have a dental and then will be heading north. I look forward to meeting Pretty Girl.
And Karin, as much as I wanted that antique sampler to come home with me, the dealer would not come down on the price and it was more than I was willing to pay :( Darn.
Thanks so much for stopping by.
Pug hugs :)