Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Dying Yarn With Tumeric

I tried my hand at dying some hand spun yarn with Turmeric last night.
It was very easy. Set a pan with about an inch and a half of water to simmer on the stove. Add a couple of teaspoons of turmeric powder. Stir and let simmer for about 20 or 30 minutes. I had to add a bit more water as time went on. Then I added the hank of yarn and gently pushed it under the water with a wooden spoon. Let simmer for another 30 minutes. I liked the color at that point, so I then took it out and dipped in a bowl of very hot water for a few seconds. Then transferred it to another bowl of cold water. Kept changing the cold water until dye no longer came out of the yarn. Squeezed it gently to remove the water and hung it over the bath tub to drip dry over night.

I'm really pleased with the results!

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Judy Adamson said...

What a wonderful colour, Polly! (And that from someone whose least favourite colour is yellow!)

Years ago I tried dying some fabric with the beautifully bright green water I'd cooked some broccoli in - you've guessed it, it came out a dirty beige!!!

Anonymous said...

Very impressed, it sames you can turn your hand to anything.

Susan x

Cheyenne said...

Ah, so beautiful.

Hope you are well and Spring is finding it's way to your part of the world.