I Dyed Yarn With Turmeric. Yes, I Did. 

I’ve been devouring all things yarn. While at the Long Island Fleece and Fiber Fair, I attended a demonstration/talk about natural dyes  I’ve been reading, watching videos and asking questions in forums. I decided to try Turmeric. I had some, I like the color yellow, so Turmeric it is.

I read that you do not need a mordant for Turmeric to bind to wool, however, I was ascared. Lol. I made a paste of 3 tablespoons of Turmeric and 1 1/2 tablespoons of vinegar. I then soaked the yarn in water to cover with 2 tablespoons of vinegar. Too much? I soaked the yarn for two hours in  water and vinegar. I poured the soaking solution with a little more water in an enamel stock pot and heated it until it was right on the verge of boiling. I turned off the burner and added the yarn. I left the first one in until it was cool enough for me to handle (maybe 2 hours?) and the second one until the next day.

I love how they both came out. Let’s see how they hold up to washing.

The one on the right is the first go round.