Thursday, 1 July 2010

A pot of Willow

Im am boiling a pot of Willow leaves and twigs today. I cut these from my tree that is far too big for my liking and chopped them with my secutures and filled the tub with water. I planned to wizz them in my blender like i had read but it just jammed the machine up.

I have put them all in my pot and brought it up to boil. This has been by far my most pleasent smelling dye to date, smelling of a strange lemon zest, but i have only got fermenting bean & smokey tea to campare.
I am going to use wool this time and follow all the correct procedures and NOT in an excited frenzy think that it is ok to not wait for it to cool or keep touching the wool so it felts.

On the way home today i spied a eucalyptus tree with the long thin leaves, now i have to just pluck up the courage to ask if i can have some leaves. In the mean time the guy from work reckons hes has a eucalyptus at his farm and i should have some by monday!

I rinsed out my tea soaked cotton today as you can see above. I will post a dry picture tomorrow.


  1. Look forward to seeing the results - I haven't been brave enough to try natural dyeing yet :0)

  2. Hi Shelly,
    Well a series of firsts today. My first swap parcel (thanks again). Im your first follower and I have made my first knitted flower from my new book i mentioned. Unfortunately, it wasn't until I sat back and admired my work I found one of the petals on the floor that should have been included in the flower. Ah well! ce la vie !