The ornamental cherry had been pruned, so I had a dyeing day at home yesterday. As I get asked a lot about how I do this, I took photos to show you . . .
It is quite a slow process. . . (so I did some pattern work while waiting) After filling the boiler with tepid water, you mix Cream of Tarter with some hot water, mix well & add to the boiler. Then do the same with Alum crystals. These used to be mined along the East Yorkshire coast near Ravenscar, & you can go & see the ruins on the cliff side - a lovely walk, but a bit muddy & slippery when we went! The yarn is then plopped in too, & mixed well. The lid goes on & everything comes up to a gentle simmer for an hour. I usually like to then just turn the boiler off & let it cool down slowly. The yarn needs a rinse before dyeing, but can be kept in a bucket of clean water for a few days (or more!) until you are ready to dye with it.
The whole house had a wonderful fragrance too, as I discovered the first time I used this ornamental cherry.
I produced a beautifully unique & fragranced yarn!
You can't buy that at Boyes!
I ended up with 7 skeins of Champagne coloured British Bluefaced Leicester Natur-ally dyed wool!