I used a wrapping technique (Ikat) to space dye this yarn. The yarn started white-white. The pretreatment with gall nut tannin gave it a light brown color. The golden yellow comes from black walnut leaves which came from the green space in the neighborhood–close enough to call it my backyard! I dyed it with two other colors…alkanet and madder. Alkanet should give a nice deep purple, but this batch is greeny/browny. The madder gives the red/orange color.
I had in mind a purple/red/gold combination…not what I got, But, I find this to be a pleasing autumn leaves combination. When re-skeined, I have a better look of the colors for an intended knitting or weaving project.
I used a piece of plastic and string to get the ikat resist–each color required a re-tie. The skein was placed in the dye bath with the open part of the skein in the color. Surprisingly, the bagged part got wet (must have seeped in despite the tie) BUT, the color didn’t seep up. I’ll leave it to the physics experts to explain that.
The madder–the red/orange color comes from the roots of a plant; it takes four years for the roots to be usable. I have it growing in my garden…I figure I have only 3 years and 11 months to wait!