Natural Dye Day
Our Guild had a natural dye day in the fall and here's a photo by one of our members showing some of the colors we produced.
These fibers and yarns were dyed with stinging Nettle, Buddelia bush(purple flowers only),cochineal,indigo,black walnut, lichen, jewelweed, tansy, goldenrod, sumac and other plants using alum as a mordant. At one point we had 22 different colored dye pots going simultaneously. The crocheted spinning wheel doily at center was made with crochet cotton in an ecru color and was over dyed in black walnut after soaking in an alum mordant. Fall is a great time to get together and cook up some plants!