I have been interested in dyeing my own colors onto fiber recently.
Our Yarrow patch has been getting out of control as of late, so I trimmed it yesterday afternoon. I composted most of it, but I held some back for a little experimentation today.
After it had cooled and dried a little, my little sister, the herbalist, made me about a pint of Elderberry water.
What I loved about this process was that everything was pretty much organic. The elderberries are certified organic, we don’t spray chemicals on the yarrow, the yarn is handspun wool, and I didn’t use any mordants.
I’m not sure that it will be lightfast. But I don’t really mind as this was an experiment. If it wears/washes out, I can always dye it again when I know more about making plant dyes lightfast and washfast.
I’m going to be offline this weekend, so I’ll look forward to reading your comments and seeing your Sadelma shawl projects when I return!