Do you remember that gorgeous bunch of flowers that Abi gave me for my birthday?
They were so beautiful, especially the lilies that it seemed a shame to just throw them away so I decided to use them to dye some yarn.
I have dyed with natural dyes before so I knew that there are often surprises along the way and I wasn’t disappointed!
I stripped the flowers just before they died off, chopped them up and boiled them for a couple of hours. While the flowers were boiling I prepared the yarn.
I had put the stamen into the pot too and knowing how much Lily stamen stain I was thinking I might get a bit of an orangey pink for the colour.
Well, the first surprise was that the spoon went bright yellow while the water was pink.
Once I started to dye the yarn it turned quite orange, a lot more orange than I thought and to be honest, a lot more orange than I wanted, although considering the ratio of stamen to flowers I should have guessed that one as the stamen stain so much. Sadly the photo of the yarn at this stage seems to have gone for a wander 😦
Finally came the time to wash the yarn. Here was the biggest and best surprise because most of the orange washed right out and I was left with a gorgeous flamingo pink!
Those stamen stained everything else, the carpet, my jumper and even my face but not the yarn!! Not that I was complaining, I love the colour now 🙂
I was now a bit concerned that the dye may not be colourfast so I rinsed it as I usually do until the water ran clear and then left it to dry completely. I then washed the yarn again to double check its colour fastness and was pleased that not a single bit of colour washed out.
I would love to dye with lilies again (hint for more flowers Abi if you’re reading this) as the colour it produced was just gorgeous. I would also like to try and re-create the colour with my acid dyes.
This skein of yarn is now available in my Etsy shop (inspirationalyarns). Oh yes, you can get 10% off your first order too with the code ‘firstorder10’ if you’re interested.
I hope you’re all enjoying your week so far, mine is a typical holiday week, the house is a mess with muddy footprints and dirty shoes littering the conservatory floor but Josh is having fun and that’s what hols are all about 🙂 Josh has a friend round today so I took the opportunity to jump on the laptop quick and say Hi! I shall try to get around to posting again next week if I can.
I hope those of you with school holidays have a lovely time with your children and that all of you lovely peeps have a very happy and creative week.