Pomegranate Thread

January 9, 2012 3:44 pm

Now that the holidays are over and I’m feeling all moved and settled in Seattle I’m finding a bit more time to update here.  I’ve been busy with a bunch of different tatting projects though, so I’ve got a lot to get caught up on.  One of the things I did before leaving San Diego was to try dyeing thread with pomegranates.  I had about six that I was cutting up to get the seeds out and I use the method of putting them into water to keep them from squirting juice everywhere.  To dye the thread I just threw the skein in with the pomegranates and let it soak while I work on separating the seeds.  Every now and again I took the thread out and rolled it around on the cutting board some whenever there was a little pool of juice from cutting.  I was actually going for a more spotted look and this seem to be working.  I had a beautiful dark pink-red and was pretty excited about it until I finished seeding the pomegranates and rinsed out the thread.  I was totally surprised with what I ended up with.

It’s sort of a light gray-ish, blue-ish pink.  Not a bad color, just not at allwhat I was expecting.  I was a bit disappointed because the color that it has started with before I went to wash it is one of my favorite colors, but I’ve wound this one up on a little spool and have added it to my bag of experiments.

I have 9 or 10 more balls of DMC size 20 “white” thread.   I put that in quotations because let’s admit it… DMC white isn’t actually very white.  I haven’t found any really white-white threads except for Lizbeth.  I plan on dying all of the DMC white that I have so

I’ve started winding up 50 yard, ready-to-dye skeins and am keeping them handy whenever I feel like dyeing some.  I wound a couple before I left San Diego and still have those 9-10 more to go, so lots of dyeing in my future.  Right now as far as dye goes I only have that blue that I used before and a yellow, but I look forward to trying out some other new colors.  Eventually maybe I’ll actually figure out how to do a nice pomegranate color.

2 Responses to “Pomegranate Thread”

Eliz aka tatknot wrote a comment on January 9, 2012

I look forward to following your dye explorations. It is an art that interests me, but not enough to try it myself yet. Meanwhile, I enjoy the fruit of others’ labor. Happy tatting!

admin wrote a comment on January 9, 2012

Thanks Eliz! I’m looking forward to playing around with it some more. It has certainly given me even more respect for those who make the HDT I love like Krystledawne and Lady Shuttlemaker. I can’t imagine trying to match the colors like they do. Not just from batch to batch but just from skein to skein. I could barely replicate anything close to the previous skeins. It works for me, because I’m not really trying to get anything in particular so I don’t mind if they don’t look the same, but it really impresses me that they are able to do it.

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