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FairyAngel
« on: April 02, 2009 05:55:23 AM »

Here is my yarns dyed with lichens

DYED WITH BLUISH GREY LICHENS/AMMONIA


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First yarn -lichen/ammonia-infused for 3 months then let unmordanted wool steeped in dye for 2 wks..

Second yarn-lichen/ammonia-infused for 3 months then used it to dye premordanted wool with alum and cream of tartar-simmered for 30 minutes and left it in for a week..

Third yarn-same as second one above but with different mordant- copper/ammonia

Fourth yarn- same as second one above but with different mordant- iron

Fifth yarn- infuse same lichen in the jar (same jar that still have some unused dye leftover and lichen with some more water added to it) to extract some more color for a few weeks then add unmordanted wool to dye and let it steep in for 2 weeks

Sixth yarn -unmordanted wool was steeped in same dye as 5th one above for a few weeks

Seventh yarn-mixed lichens/ammonia dye-unmordanted wool

the one i used to dye 1st to 6th yarns with (pink to purple colored yarns)


DYED WITH GREENISH BLUE LICHENS


Left to Right

First yarn- premordanted wool with alum/cot

Second yarn- with copper/vingear

Third yarn - with copper/ammonia

Fourth yarn- with iron


the one i used to dye these yarns (yellow to green colored yarns)
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« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2009 06:38:37 AM »

Fantastic!  I don't do much work with natural dyes, because I don't have access to all the mordants I would need.  It's cool to see the slight variation in color that is produced by changing the mordant! 
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« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2009 07:12:50 AM »

Wow, gorgeous!  I absolutely love these.
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« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2009 09:26:10 AM »

I so need to learn how to do this.  Those are great colors!
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« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2009 08:08:33 AM »

that's so cool! I did a mushroom dyeing workshop, but i just don't have the patience for mordanting. your un-mordanted one looks awesome though!
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« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2009 01:43:59 PM »

These are very cool.  I love the colors you got!
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« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2009 12:02:18 PM »

Thanks for nice comments... I am planning to knit a shawl out of these lichen dyed yarns when i have enuff yarns after dyeing some more yarns with lichens
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« Reply #7 on: May 07, 2009 12:39:29 AM »

Wow, these are awesome. I've been so tempted by natural dying recently, which is deeply peculiar as I'm usually the sort of girl who wants to throw chemicals at everything [grin] But lichens and turmeric and onion skin and...
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« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2009 09:47:41 AM »

That is VERY cool. I would love to try natural dyeing. And they are such beautiful shades of color.
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« Reply #9 on: June 08, 2009 01:50:03 AM »

Fantastic colours. I would really like to get into dying and spinning...
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« Reply #10 on: August 17, 2009 02:01:56 PM »

These rock!  I really want to learn how to use natural dyes!
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ClothoYarns
« Reply #12 on: January 25, 2011 09:27:25 AM »

thank you so much! i have a ton of lichens that i collected after windstorms but i have only ever been able to get shades of brown, now i am excited to try and get some purples! did you infuse the lichens in just ammonia or an ammonia/water mix?
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