In cleaning up my computer I found this picture of an attempt at dying thread with turmeric. It worked out better than I expected and was pretty easy. I used hot water and soaked it for a few minutes. I put it in a fixer for a bit before rinsing. I’m not super excited about the color since I prefer darker colors to the lighter colors, but it was nice to do a bit of dying with natural dyes.
After this batch I try doing a bit with beets, but it rinsed right out. Unfortunately, I had tossed out the beet water out before I rinsed it and so couldn’t try another batch with fixer.
I wound a couple balls of DMC thread into skeins so that I’m ready to dye a few whenever the feeling hits me without it being a big production.
As I do every time I play around with dying thread I end up being more and more impressed with people like KrystleDawne and LadyShuttlemaker who make such gorgeous hand-dyed thread. I’m always especially impressed with the consistency of their dyeing and how they’re able to do the same variation lot after lot.
I’ll keep playing around with dyeing threads occasionally, but for the most part I’m going to leave it to the expects!