Green Stockings Craft & Design

December 26, 2014

Natural dye tutorial: blue yarn from black beans!

Filed under: Uncategorized — GreenStockings Craft & Creative Events @ 11:51 AM

I have decided that I am crazy and that one of my 2015 projects along with my #5in2015 sock project will be an elaborate lace shawl. I have a cone of white laceweight, and I would like for it to be blue! I am looking forward to using this tutorial.

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It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to post, but at least I have a really awesome fiber dye experiment to share! As you can see from above, we got several lovely shades of blue —a difficult color to achieve —in a process that took about 4 days from start to finish.

A little background: now that I have a spinning wheel(!) and some wool, I’ve been wanting to learn about natural dyeing. SInce blue is my favorite color, I gravitated toward information about natural blue dyes. Turns out there aren’t that many (indigo and woad are the main ones) and they sounded like a lot of work for a first time dying project. Then I came across web posts on black beans as a blue dye. My favorites were blog posts at waysofthewhorl and brambleberriesintherain, which then led me to the discovery that there is a

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