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  Dyeing fibres using locally grown plants

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Dip dyeing to create skeins with different shades of colour.

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The summer harvest gave so many beautiful colours and I thought that creating skeins with a subtle change in colours would be exciting.

To achieve this result more than one dye vat would be needed and several dye sessions.

A yellow gold vat made from onion skins and a pale coral vat from madder root seemed a good place to start.

Skeins were dyed in each vat and then hung from above and dipped in the madder vat. This gave a richer colour to the madder and an orange shade to the yellow.

The results can be seen in the first five skeins in the picture below.


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It became quite an adventure experimenting with different shades. Although time consuming the results are beautiful and reflect the subtle changes in colour of the islands through the year.

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Blues with yellows creating greens were very pleasing. Indigo brought into Shetland had to be used as most of the woad was finished.