Solar dyeing in my polytunnel - results!
When I prepared my solar dye jars in May I had no idea, of course, that the UK would experience such a lovely summer. Even in the north of Scotland, the temperature in the polytunnel frequently reached 30C - ideal for long slow cooking of the dye jars!
Last month, as the temperatures started to drop significantly, I removed and rinsed the tops. Although the dye jars had been in the tunnel for four months, colour still remained in the dyebaths - I'd thought that it might be totally exhausted, something you don't normally achieve with natural dyes.
Two lovely pastel shades resulted - salmon pink from madder (left) and pale yellow from barberry (right ). Remember that I used exhaust baths from previous dyeing sessions, which had been stored for a year or two before use, so to gain any distinct colour from the 'leftovers' was worthwhile .
These Wensleydale tops will now be spun into singles for collapse weave projects.
Christina Chisholm, Online Guild