Last week on my morning walk I was admiring the beautiful bright yellow dandelions when I suddenly thought - dandelion flower dyeing! I gathered two bursting pockets full. A couple of neighbours were very generous in inviting me to pick all the dandelions I wanted from their lawns!
In her book Craft of the Dyer, Karen Leigh Casselman advises that to keep the bright clear yellow colour from fresh yellow flowers (instead of getting a golden or bronze) limit the total processing of the flowers and fibre to less than 45 minutes and keep the heat below 190F/88C. I did this but the colour was paler than I wanted so I processed it longer. The wool dyed to a beautiful golden yellow and the silk and cotton to a lovely pale yellow - except for the silk velvet which dyed a deep bright yellow. I then took some of the wool and silk and overdyed them with indigo.
Harvested from the garden for lunch - chives, Good King Henry and 'broccoli' spears from over-wintered kale. Yum yum!