A Crafts Community For Craft Ideas & DIY Projects - Craftster.org
Help | About | Contact | Press | Advertise | Terms | Site Map
Welcome, Guest.
Please login or register.
Random Tip: Please remember to SEARCH before asking a question that may have already been answered. Thanks!
Total Members: 297,717
Currently Running With Scissors:
654 Guests and 33 Users
Home Craftster Community Crafting Articles Craft Tutorials My Craftster Crafting Calendar City Guides Craft Shop


Pages: [1]
Jump to page:
  Show Images Only     Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
Topic: First-time dyer! Goldenrod!  (Read 1052 times)
Tags for this thread:  Add new tag
Share the love... Pin it Submit to reddit add to Wists
1+
 
BunnieBard
Tutorial Contributor

Offline Offline

Posts: 443
Joined: 11-Sep-2008

View Profile WWW
« on: September 26, 2011 07:47:23 PM »

I live in Illinois and we've got some prairie fields around here... which are FILLED with goldenrod this year. (No idea why, must've been the heat/rain combo?) I thought to myself, "surely the color goldenrod is named after the dye made from the plant"... and five minutes and google later, I was out picking!   Smiley



I really just grabbed the cotton yarn I had on hand-- and made a quick potholder-- but I am so impressed with how bright and brilliant gold this color came out!! Even if I couldn't get lighter/darker shades, this color is gorgeous. I don't know if... you people in the board talk about this type of thing often and find it everyday... but for me, a long-time crocheter and first-time dyer, this is amazing!  Cheesy

ALSO: A question for anyone who does natural dying... I kind of overestimated the amount of dye in my pot and added too much mordant (which was alum). Is this a bad thing...? Should I just dilute/heat my dye some to dissolve it all?
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Antidigger
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2011 04:00:18 AM »

I think you've got a bit of gradation in that pot holder, the bottom left corner is definitely darker. But I think natural dying is really great.
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Look twice, buy once. Nooooo
Look twice, decide I can make one instead.
Belladune
Fiber Arts Moderator
Tutorial Contributor

Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

crazy crafty momma
Offline Offline

Posts: 12041
Joined: 04-Sep-2008

'darn kids, they were pesky from the start' D. Lee


View Profile WWW
« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2011 05:44:29 PM »

Beautiful color! 
I would dilute your dye pot.  I'm not sure what alum will do to cotton, if anything, but the concentration of your mordant is important to the handle of your finished product. 
THIS ROCKS   Logged

OspreyWife
Offline Offline

Posts: 239
Joined: 04-Jul-2010

Proud Marine Wife, Crochet & Spinning Addict


View Profile
« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2011 08:38:58 AM »

That is really pretty! Love the gradient you got in the yarn
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Knittingjo
« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2011 07:20:14 PM »

I've read that too much Allum can change the feel of wool. I have on occasion pulled wool out of a pot, thinking it felt more scratchy than before it went in, but I may have had the water temp too high and slightly felted it.
THIS ROCKS   Logged

I fund my yarn obsession by making funky doll clothes
www.nataliedrest.etsy.com
Ruby Copperhead
Tutorial Contributor

Offline Offline

Posts: 4163
Joined: 11-Aug-2008


View Profile available for personal swaps
« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2011 08:50:50 AM »

Wow, you got that color on cotton? That's amazing! I've never got good results on plant fibres with just mordant. Goldenrod must be awesome for this! Don't know if too much alum will damage cotton, but I've had fibre damage on wool with it before. So I'd rather dilute it.
THIS ROCKS   Logged
Threads you might like:
Pages: [1] Jump to page:
  Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
 
Jump to:  



FacebookTwitterPinterest
only results with images
include swap threads
advanced search



your ad could be here!

How-To Videos
Jeffery Deaver Talks About His James Bond Novel "Carte Blanche"
CHI Marathon Author on the Best Way to Recover from Running a Marathon
Stephen Hunter on the Assassination of JFK
Stephen Hunter on His Investigative Novel, The Third Bullet
Richard Ford On His New Book Canada
Latest Blog Articles
Tute Tuesday: Manicure for Halloween
"Z" is for Zombie!
Meatless Monday: Honey Roasted Parsnip Soup

Comparison Shopping




Support Craftster
Become a
Friend of Craftster

Buy Craftster Swag
Buy Craft Supplies
Comparison Shopping

Craftster heartily thanks the following peeps...
Moderators

Follow Craftster...






Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.11 | SMF © 2006-2009, Simple Machines LLC
SimplePortal 2.3.5 © 2008-2012, SimplePortal
Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!

Copyright ©2003-2014, Craftster.org an Internet Brands company.