Playing with Colour.

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.

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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.

Sharon xx

 

 

 

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33 thoughts on “Playing with Colour.

  1. What a lovely shade of pink indeed, Sharon! Did you use any type of mordant? I’m surprised so many other items stained yellow but not the yarn… very interesting!

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  2. That’s so interesting about the colour from the stamens. I would have thought what you thought too. I love the final colour. I really want to get into using natural dyes to dye yarns. Better have a word with husband and daughters about pink lilies needing to be present when they buy flowers. Thank you for the inspiration xxx

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  3. Great thinking and what a beautiful result! My dad often buys me flowers (not my husband though :0( ) so i could try this…. does it work with any flowers and what yarn do you use?

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    1. Thanks Wendy. I think most vibrant flowers will give an element of colour. You need to simmer the petals for 2 hours to get the colour out. The yarn needs to be simmered in water and vinegar at a 4 to 1 ratio. Then gently simmer the yarn in the strained flower water for 1 hour. I used a superwash undyed wool. X

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  4. That is so cool, Sharon! Flamingo Pink is faaabulous! 🙂
    You had me in suspense with the stamen in the mix too. I am so glad you had such a happy outcome although I am quite partial to orange and it wouldn’t have been a total disaster if it had turned out orange. Did you need to use any other ingredient to ‘fix’ the colour(s) to the yarn? Congratulations on your success and I wish I had the budget to purchase your latest creation. (I am on a self-imposed ban of buying yarn until I use up stash.) Thanks for sharing the results. 🙂

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    1. Hi Jodie. I love the outcome but like you I do like orange although it was a very unusual shade of orange! I wish I could have found the photo to show you all.
      I used vinegar to fix the dye. I’ve explained in more detail in reply to another comment of you’re interested. I’m not on a yarn ban but I am trying to stash bust as much as poss this year 😊 x

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  5. What a lovely color and reminder of the flowers you received as a gift. Have started my Trillian shawl with the “Linda” yarn you dyed and have received so many positive comments on the color. You really have a beautiful eye for color. Salam wa sa’aadah.

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    1. Hi Linda, great to hear from you again 😃. It was so much fun using the flowers to dye with! I’m glad you’re enjoying the yarn, I was pleased with the colourway. I hope you enjoy working with it, I would love to see a photo when you’ve finished! I am hoping to start a shawl with the yarn you sent me today. I have a couple of ideas in mind and would love to design a crochet pattern for it 😃 Have a great week. X

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