It's a gorgeous autumn day up here at Findhorn. The rose hips have been staring at me for over a week now. But they're such a hassle! I was taught to cut them and then remove their seeds, because the tiny hairs around the seeds can irritate. I did this last year, but it was just too much work. I'm all in for an experiment now!
I'll tell you more about the result later!
Monday, 8 October 2012
Thursday, 4 October 2012
Isn't that amazing? First we can enjoy the flowers in the garden and when they wilt, they still make an excellent dye!
I simmered 400 grams of the flowers in water for about an hour. Then they cooled down overnight and I strained the liquid. That's important: last time I got slimy bits of the petals in my wool...
The next morning I put in 200 grams of soaked and washed white wool and added a heaped teaspoon of alum. That was slowly heated up to a gentle boil and simmered again for about an hour. After completely cooling down I rinsed the wool until the water was clear.
It's a lovely deep yellow now. I will add it to all my other yellows :p