Friday, August 16, 2019

Walnut Dye

I was invited as a guest to the Handweavers and Spinners Guild dyeing day. The group was very welcoming  Had a lovely day with Jill and SallyRose.
I learnt a different way of dyeing to what I have been using with leaf printing.
 Last month were avocado pips and mashed flesh, the show and tell of the colour schemes were lovely. I am not sure I would dye yarn in the future as I am interested in fabrics.

 Walnuts, soaked for a week, use the green husks on the outside of the shell for the best effect.
 Wool skeins boiling in the pot.
After rinsing in cold water, dip in iron (top) and alum (bottom).
For a darker shade, leave for 30 mins - 1 hour.
After dried, rinse in warm water with dish washing detergent.
We were each given a bottle of the fluid that they were boiled in.


  1. Sounds like a fun and busy day. The final results are some lovely browns, perfect for your stitching.
    Trying different natural dyes with wool yarn would help you build a palette that you could then use with wool fabric.

  2. Even though I had read your heading, when I saw the second photo I thought they were passionfruit!

    Nice brown results. I'd wear a jumper in those colours.

  3. Very interesting. The color is beautiful but you'd have to go pick a lot of walnuts to make enough for a sweater.