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Dyeing using rosemary leaves

Updated: Jul 26, 2020

Recently a large shrub of rosemary needed some serious “boy pruning’.There were potentially 2 kilos of leaves to play with if I wished. 500 grams was enough for me to get two shades of colour to create a piece.

This time I dyed a commercial alpaca-cashmere-silk yarn mordanted with alum and cream of tartar.60 metres of yarn was dyed with a piece of copper pipe in the dye bath so I have a green for contrast with a quite lovely chartreuse shade.

Next time there are rosemary leaves on offer I will dye a lustrous suri alpaca yarn!!

Eventually I dyed an alpaca, cashmere and silk yarn in the colour I obtained from the rosemary leaves. The garment I made, in the photo, sold yesterday, on its first outing at Handmade in the Hunter Markets.

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