Is a beautiful plant that blooms in all the ditches around us throughout the late summer and early fall here in Minnesota.
Most people consider it a weed, but it has many uses from medicinal to dyeing fiber. It is the first natural dye stuff I have used. In 2011 I died about 1 pound of wool using an alum mordant and about 1 1/2 pounds of Goldenrod flowers. I loved the color I got from it.
This is the wool all carded and ready for spinning.
I was so happy with it that I decided to try to get as close to the color as possible this summer. While planning this I got very ambitious and decided that I was going to try to dye enough wool to weave it.
So I washed about 6 pounds of raw wool and figured on five pounds going into the dye pot.
Here is the wool in the mordant bath. I again used alum.
The Goldenrod blossoms soaking to make the dye bath.
After the first soak in the dye bath I wasn’t as thrilled with the color as it was a little on the pale side. so I added some more dye stuff to the water and after simmering and draining again. I put the wool back in the dye bath and simmered it about 2 hours (twice as long as the first time).
I was much happier with the result this time and rinsed it and dried it.
Here is the wool in the bathtub drying.
The first skein of yarn! I am spinning a fine yarn that will hopefully weave up into a light weight wool fabric. It might take me a while to get enough spun for weaving but that is the goal.
Now only about 5# 10ozs more to spin and I will be good to go.
In the mean time Muffy thinks I have provided her a very soft and warm bed.