French marigold flowers dye wool rovings and silk fabric rich golden yellow to pure gold. Unfortunately the slugs love marigolds as much as I do! I plant them in containers and every night, with flashlight in hand, I do a slug patrol and pick off any fat slugs I find and throw them into the nearby forest (and hope that the slugs I'm picking off aren't the same ones that I picked off a few nights previously!) You wouldn't think the slugs would like such a strong smelling plant.
The latest dyeing with marigold flowers. The green is from over-dyeing with indigo.
In the summer I'm busy gardening and dyeing. But after a while my fingers start getting twitchy and I find myself fondling wool rovings. It's time to get back to my spinning wheel! I've started to spin up my natually dyed rovings, beginning with the onion skin dyed rovings I did a couple of summers ago.
I wanted to make some variegated rovings, something I'd never done before with naturally dyed materials. I loaded them onto the drum carder like this (the green is an onion skin dyed roving over-dyed with indigo).
This is what the batt looked like.
I divided the batt into a number of punis as I wanted the colour runs to be short. (If I'd wanted a striping yarn I would've done a single rolag from the whole batt).