Friday, March 26, 2010

Walnut Dyeing

I hulled the walnuts that are ready and thought it would be a great opportunity to try dying with the hulls. I filled a pot about 1/4 full with the hulls and added water and boiled it for about 1 1/2 hours. because I couldn't find a good way to strain it I cut a pair of stockings in half and put a skein of yarn in each half and tied it shut.
I just popped these in the pot and left for an hour ( I turned the heat off). The first lot was quite dark. The next lot I did not leave in as long.
I also tried some BFL sock and some 50% silk/50% wool which is the lighter yarn below - It came out a beautiful colour. These all came out semi solid as the stocking tended to float soo the bottom yarn was darker then the top.


9 comments:

Melissa Goodsell said...

That looks really cool Kate!!

Novi On The Go said...

I think the variation looks wonderful. Have a great show Kate!

One Flew Over said...

WOW! I love the different earthy shades, beautiful!

Sarah said...

Ooh cool! I've always wanted to try this. Looks great!!

toasted said...

Beautiful!

Ashleigh said...

Looks fabulous love the natural colours all in different tones!

Lee-Anne Stillitano said...

I love the colours Kate! Great idea with the walnuts. I can't wait to see something knitted in it!

Estelle@nest said...

How amazing. So what's the plan? What are you going to make out of this wonderful stuff?

Umatji said...

beautiful - I didn't know you could dye with walnuts - must try - especially since the shells are all we get from our tree thanks to the cockies!