Naturally Dyed Scarves
One of my goals for the fall is to get back to some dyeing. Years ago I took a workshop in the Toronto west end back yard of a lovely young woman, Kerri Westlake. We were in her dye garden and we made two silk scarves... one with a whole array of natural dye stuff that was then steam set, and a second one with an indigo vat. It was a glorious afternoon. Her website is still up at Westlake Knits but I think the company is inactive.
So I was delighted when I discovered these natural dye kits from Cocoon Natural Dye House. The technique is very similar where you sprinkle natural dye on a wet silk scarf and then roll it up and steam it to set the dyes. I made one with the scarf that comes with the kit, and a second one with a silk scarf that I had on hand which is what's in the picture above. I added a bit of cochineal which dominated a bit, but luckily I love pink so I'm thrilled with the result. I still have enough dye stuff from the original kit to make a third, so I've ordered some silk scarves to sell separately.
This was a perfect project to get back into a bit of dyeing. It was fast, easy to set up and didn't make a big mess. And the alchemy of natural dyes is so fun... you really don't know what you've got until after everything is set, dried and rinsed.
So if you need a fun little creative project and have wanted to try some natural dyeing, check out the kits.