14 May, 2012
Wool Dyed with Scotch Broom
Not a bad result, eh? I don't know what I am most pleased with about this project: dyeing with a natural dye, learning how to use a camp stove so that I can dye on my own, or gleaning an invasive plant that is free and plentiful. Scotch broom is a pest on Vancouver Island.
If you are wondering how I did this, I chopped about a gallon of stems that were just about to flower, covered them with water, brought the water to a boil, simmered it for an hour, and then let it stand overnight. I strained the dye bath through cloth (an ECObags produce bag), brought the dye bath to a boil, then added a quarter pound of wool mordanted with alum, simmered it for an hour, let it cool, then dried it in a thin layer on a towel. The towel got stained. Basically I followed Buchanan's instructions for dyer's broom in The Weaver's Garden.