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« on: January 31, 2007 05:13:09 PM »

Turmeric dyed and spun yarns- I have been having too much fun dying with some natural dyes recently.  The turmeric produces a bright, mustard yellow and is set easily with vinegar.


Fiber colors before spinning- wool, mohair, and cotton warp yarns all dye well.


Using a sample of the dyed wool spun in to a woolen 2 ply, I made a french press cozy  with turmeric yarn as a stranded knitting accent.


Turmeric dyed wool, plied with soy silk (SWTC's infinity)


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« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2007 05:27:23 PM »

Wow!  What a beautiful gold!  Now i'm going to have to look through my spices... 
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« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2007 07:24:03 PM »

make sure you make and strain the dyebath before you put the fiber in, otherwise you will end up with spiced yarns! Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2007 08:08:39 PM »

Can you let me know how to do this? I tried to look up natural dyes, but didn't seem to get any tutes.......I have been trying with Wilton colours, and that has been great, other than straining, Wink what do I need to do? Gather spices........and my note book *sits ready for wisdom*
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« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2007 05:29:39 AM »

I'd love some information on natural dyes, too.  Did you use a book or an online tutorial?

And...ha.  In middle school and early high school, my best friend's screenname was MidnightMoon1986.  I was so confused when I glanced at your user name, because she doesn't do stuff like this. 
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« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2007 09:42:59 AM »

I just posted a thread about some of the basics of dyeing with natural materials. I'll do some more research and add to it later:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=149694.0
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« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2007 10:27:17 AM »

Ooh! that's a nice yellow.

I have a measuring spoon set just for making curries because the turmeric always turns my measuring spoons yellow, so I know that it's pretty powerful stuff color wise but keep us informed on how well the color stays in since alot of people say it's a very fugitive color.

Paula Burch has a post about turmeric dyeing:
http://www.pburch.net/drupal/?q=node/17
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« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2007 10:56:36 AM »

Unfortunately, turmeric yellow fades if exposed to light.  I did a pair of gloves in turmeric-dyed yarn earlier this winter.  Left them sitting under a lamp in the living room (energy-saving fluorescent bulb), and the top glove faded noticeably.  Alas.  Sad  Leaving them in direct sunlight will fade them too.

However, another quick dye bath freshened them up.  Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: February 02, 2007 03:56:49 PM »

^ If you mordant it with alum, does that make it lightfast?
Natural dying is something I've been wanting to try out, my someone threw away the onion skins I was collecting (urrrrgh!) and all of our potential dye-plants are dead for the winter.
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« Reply #9 on: February 02, 2007 05:18:48 PM »

I would think that using alum [or another mordant--not vinegar] would definitely help with the lightfastness.
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