With black walnut, black locust and indigo, I space-dyed this skein of cotton yarn.
Starting with an ikat-resisted (plastic bags and string) skein, I dipped in a pot of black locust leaf decoction which dyed a yellow section. (I call it “backyard yellow!”) Then I changed the resisted sections and dipped in a black walnut leaf decoction. The black walnut gives a darker more golden version of “backyard yellow.” One section was left undyed. I took off the plastic and rinsed the yarn. Then I dipped sections one or more times in indigo. Originally, I thought that I would tie up sections for the indigo dips, but I found that I could control the dipping by holding. The pre-dyed sections went to shades of gold and green. The unpre-dyed section went blue.
Oh, one more thing…the yarn is ORGANIC cotton. Backyard dyes, indigo and organic cotton…that would be the sustainable dyeing trifecta!!