MESSING WITH YARN : NATURAL DYEING EXPERIMENTS – 2

Sights , sounds, shapes, colors of nature have truly inspired me in my yarn crafts and a beyond. As I started the messing with yarn series and my natural dyeing experiments, i dont miss an opportunity to observe , read and learn about plant life. While on this endeavor, I was delighted with one particular encounter with nature during my morning runs, i saw this beautiful white flower which was distinct ( to my eyes) as i went closer to see the flower , this shrub was dense and had some lovely berries, my “yarny” brain clicked and i touched the berries and it had a dark blue ink like color, i immediately picked some berries and came home to study the plant and its details. Thanks to Leaf Snap this plant identification app is soo good that all details of the plant is just a click away , . I identified this plant as Cestrum diurnum , din ka raja as popularly called in Hindi and day blooming jasmine.

I went every day to collect these berries and stored them in my freezer for a week and finally i knew i had enough to dye a few hanks !! was waiting to experiment dyeing with these berries. I am posting the dye recipe in detail below ,but before we get there if you haven’t read my post on Natural Dyeing Experiments – DO check the post Dyeing Hard and all things required for Dyeing Experiments at home

Materials Required

Materials for Dyeing Experiment

Isn’t the colorway magical ? i loved the outcome and fade look adds to the beauty of the yarn !

Here is the details of process I used for the Natural Dye

I personally was thrilled to achieve these colors and its one of my priced possession in my stash . I hope this blog helps all the yarn dyers and enthusiast to take a leap into this world.

Drop a comment if you if this attempt of natural dyeing experiment is a success or failure !

  1. I love you it so much!!!! I’m gonna start making one and complete it in one go. 🙈

All Things for Yarn Dyeing

My experiment started in a minimalist way of picking what i had at home and trying to dye with what was available, but before i set myself to dyeing , i acknowledge that the my thumb rules were quiet firm in my mind.

I must place the caveat while we can start Yarn Dyeing as an attempt/ experimenting with yarn and natural colors this can lead into a quick addiction, so much so that everything you see around, where ever you go you will find nothing but ideas for attempting to dye. So lets get messy !

I had to experiment quiet a bit and learn – not too many resources which talk about all things that would be required to start your chemistry experiment at home.

Here is a quick list of things that would need to start your yarn dyeing journey !

I am sure all of you have access to these things at home, in addition to this having access to good heating source and shade drying source can only add zing to your the yarn you dye.

Have you experimented yarn dyeing ? Do let me know your experience and leave a comment below

  1. I love you it so much!!!! I’m gonna start making one and complete it in one go. 🙈

Aren’t we all Dye Hard Fans !

Lock down or no lock down – i believe me and we yarn artists are all fans of yarn and icing would be if we are all able to get the colors we have in mind as yarns to work on ! Dye Hard is a chronicle and series of experiments that I have conducted with natural dyeing. Wait here is the twist in the story ..!
I set myself some thumb rules for my dyeing experimentation

  1. No edible source for dyeing – i would rather feed the hungry
  2. No Potable water consumption
  3. Use of Rain water harvested
  4. Least amount of water to be consumed while dyeing
  5. No harsh chemicals
  6. Recycle the water used for dyeing
  7. Only and Only Sun drying for dyed yarns

Now if you are wondering why these thumb rules ?

  1. Textile Dyeing industry is one among the most polluting industry in the world
  2. Textile / Yarn dyeing industry uses substantial amount of water in its manufacturing processes used mainly in the dyeing and finishing operations of the plants, the constraints of water availability is having a huge impact on this industry
  3. Dyeing process involves a lot of effluents, unfortunately, most of these dyes escape conventional wastewater treatment processes and persist in the environment like, detergents, chemicals, soap , bleach etc.
  4.  15% of the population in India is under nourished
  5. C02 emissions and global warming is a subject all of us are most aware off

My ambition by this process is to eventually transition towards end to end “sustainable crocheting” and i will learn, document every aspect of my leanings

I set myself up for a journey that’s an uphill task , but believe me this really added colors to my lock down 1.0 , 2.0 and eternity…

My love yarn dyeing has only be taken to the next level. Are you excited to learn and join me in this journey ? Do leave your comments on what you thing of “sustainable crocheting”

  1. I love you it so much!!!! I’m gonna start making one and complete it in one go. 🙈