Saturday, September 17, 2011

Summer Yarn

Corriedale from Eastern Washington dyed with Coreopsis grandiflora flowers and a mixed solar vat of Coreopsis and Walnut Hulls. This was a carded batt that I dyed by sticking half of it into the jar with Coreopsis and half into the jar with simmered-one-time-already coreopsis and walnut hulls left over from last year. I left it in the sun for two or three days (we had a couple of weeks of hot weather finally!).
Then I divided the dyed batt in two lengthwise and spun each sort of woolen, not worrying much about neps or thicker spots. I plied by reversing the direction so that the contrasting oranges and browns were next to each other.


  1. Beautiful Laurel. I find it amazing that you do the whole process. I love that part of stuff, just don't do it very often. I'm totally impressed.

  2. Hi
    Found your site and wondered what area you live in. looks treed. Saw the photo of indigo drying and wondered if it works after or needs to be fermented first or not.
    Live in Ventura county in California and hard to find local fiber, though there are alpaca ranch in county. Did try retting flax but it over retted in the hot weather. Have you seen the Fibershed site by Rebecca Burgess
    Be Well
    Lynn D

  3. Thank you Nita. I find it very satisfying.

  4. As far as I know Japanese Indigo must be composted/fermented after drying to make "sukomo" for later use. I did read in one book that it could be used dried or frozen but I haven't tried either.

    Try going to to find fiber. Or try Ravelry.

    I did see Fibershed and it looks very interesting. I can't remember now if the dyes were local as well.