Eco Dyeing with Weeds

Hi folks,

I hope spring is treating you well. I have been busy making things and working in the yard. I ended up with quite a few mosquito bites from my weeding and mulching last week. It is too early in the year for the number of bites I have, but I am now the proud owner of two tubes of anti-itch cream (one for the house and one for my purse), so I should now be able to find relief from the itching where ever I am.

I have also been doing some yarn dyeing, this time using nature to get my colors. While I have been weeding, I have been collecting yard waste, and have come up with some pretty cool yarns:

Eco Dyed Yarns | Webster Fiber Arts

I am so pleased with the way these turned out! I have three skeins of 100% wool yarn there, one worsted weight and two bulky. I broke these into little mini-skeins for my dyeing because I didn’t have huge amounts of dye stuffs. I have looked at several books and websites about natural dyeing, but I referred to the directions at The Spruce while I was working this time around.

Some of my plant matter worked better than others, but I had (and am continuing to have) fun experimenting with flower petals and such. All of these colors are very muted, which is what I was expecting. Since I am usually so drawn to bright, vibrant colors, this is a big change for me, but I really do like these shades.

Grape Hyacinth, Tulip, and Tea Dyed Yarns | Webster Fiber Arts

In the photo above, from front to back, I have grape hyacinth, red tulip petals, and a bag of Luzianne tea. Initially, the tea skein was to be dyed with little violets that I painstakingly plucked from the yard before Mike did his first mowing of the year, but those petals yielded no color in the pot, so I threw in the tea bag and I love it!

Dandelion Dyed Yarns | Webster Fiber Arts

These three skeins are from dandelions. I popped a bunch of these babies out of our flower beds, roots and all. I separated the flowers from the greens for my dyeing. On the left is yarn dyed with the dandelion flowers, and the two skeins on the right are from the greens. I did not drain the plant matter away before I threw my yarn in the pot, which may account for the slight color variations in the yarn. I love the result, but cleaning the little bits of dandelion off the finished yarn was a pain.

Daffodil Dyed Yarns | Webster Fiber Arts

Last, I have this super awesome buttery, lemony yarn that I dyed with spent daffodil heads. This yarn was such a wonderful surprise! I love it so much. The color is so creamy.

I have been plucking dried flower petals and weeds this last week and have a bag of them in the fridge ready for more dyeing. From what I have read, flowers in bloom are probably a better choice than dried up ones, but I can’t bring myself to cut down a flower in its full glory to dye yarn. I’m such a softie.

Until next time,
Annie

Available Now: Pastel Shell Scarf

Hi folks,

I have another piece with shell stitches to share with you today. This one is the Pastel Shell Scarf:

Pastel Shell Scarf | Webster Fiber Arts

I had the yarn in this piece in my stash for quite a while before I figured out what to do with it. I eventually settled on the stitch pattern you see here—it is a slightly airy shell stitch, which I think matches well with the delicate colors in the yarn.

This scarf is available now! See more photos and purchase this piece in my Etsy shop.

Until next time,
Annie

Available Now: Lacy Shell Wrap

Hi folks,

It is a crazy warm day here in Kansas City. We grilled hamburgers outside for lunch. Outside! In February! In Kansas City! Yay!

And now, I’m catching up on some fiber posting. I’ve been so involved in the Annie C Designs side of things lately, that Webster Fiber Arts has been a little neglected. But I am making things, and have made things, and now I am posting one of them. This is the Lacy Shell Wrap:

Lacy Shell Wrap | Webster Fiber Arts

I love this wrap! The colors are so rich and lovely, and the wool/silk blend feels wonderful. I used a meshy stitch for this wrap, and added some shells to give it a bit more heft.

This wrap is available now! See more photos and purchase this piece in my Etsy shop.

Until next time,
Annie

Two New Pieces: The Light Side and the Dark Side of Gray

Light Side of Gray Cowl | Webster Fiber Arts

Hi folks,

So, that whole “I’m starting to feel lousy” thing from last week? It was a cold. An energy sucking, head congesting, feeling gross cold. I do feel better now, though I am still doing a little coughing and sniffling.

And now comes the catching up. I have a couple of new pieces to show you today. I used yarn that I hand-dyed for both of these cowls. Both are a mottled gray, teal, and purple kettle dyed yarns, but I used different amounts of dye to get different intensities of color.

First is the Light Side of Gray Cowl:

Light Side of Gray Handmade Cowl | Webster Fiber Arts | Etsy

This is a short cowl that I worked in an open, airy stitch, but the yarn is a bulky, wool roving. You can see more photos and purchase the Light Side of Gray Cowl in my Etsy shop.

The second piece is longer and darker. This is the Dark Side of Gray Cowl:

Dark Side of Gray Handmade Cowl | Webster Fiber Arts | Etsy

I used a variety of stitches in this one. I love how the little flecks of teal pop out against the dark gray and purple. You can see more photos of this one and purchase it in my Etsy shop.

Until next time,
Annie

New Piece: Mushroom Cap Cowl

Mushroom Cap Cowl | Webster Fiber Arts

Hi folks,

Waaaaa! I am starting to feel lousy. My throat is a little sore. I have been tired the past few days—perhaps I have been trying to fight a cold. It seems like that cold is winning. Booooo! And not the spooky ghost boo from yesterday’s Halloween festivities. It is an “I am dissatisfied” boo. And, yes, I am dissatisfied. Boooooo!

I am, however, satisfied with this cowl. In fact, I really like it. This is the Mushroom Cap Cowl:

Mushroom Cap Handmade Cowl | Webster Fiber Arts | Etsy

I love the earthy colors in the yarn. This colorway is called “Mushroom.” I added some bobbles to my piece to give it some texture, and, with mushrooms already on my brain, I decided these little bumps were the mushroom caps. Yay!

See more photos and purchase this piece in my Etsy shop

Until next time,
Annie

New piece: Campfire Stripe Wrap

Campfire Stripe Wrap | Webster Fiber Arts

Hi folks,

I have a big, cozy wrap to share with you today. This is the Campfire Stripe Wrap:

Campfire Stripe Wrap | Webster Fiber Arts | Etsy

I used some of the remaining hand dyed yarn from my New Horizons Wrap to make this piece. Instead of going all in with the multi-colored yarn, I went with just a few rows of the hand dyed yarn and crocheted the rest in winter white. Like New Horizons, Campfire Stripe is a big wrap, and it has nice, long fringe.

See more photos and purchase Campfire Stripe in my Etsy shop.

Until next time,
Annie