Saturday, November 2, 2013

Dyeing Yarn with Wine

Have you ever stained anything with red wine?  I decided that it would be fun to intentionally dye some fibers with wine, wool yarn.  I started with 100g of bare palette yarn and 1 bottle of Charles Shaw Merlot.  I added 4 cups of water to increase the amount of liquid, and the pH was just as acidic as the vinegar based dyebaths I typically use.  I allowed the yarn to simmer for over an hour in the wine solution and then cool overnight to give as much opportunity for color to bind to the yarn as possible  Did this experiment work?  Watch to find out!


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  1. Unfortunately dyeing with berries typically ends in a stain, not a true "dyeing". The color tends to not be very light fast and sometimes not wash fast either.
    I did an experiment quite some time back with berries from the freezer. It ended up very brown, lol. Not the beautiful color of blueberries at all.
    When using natural things to dye with yarn often requires mordanting before being dyed. And some items only stain. Those are ones that will wash out over time.

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    1. There is a reason why blue and purple dyes were so valuable back in the day! I have dreams of creating a dyeing garden at my future house - full of plants to create different fun colors in yarns. Unfortunately some are toxic to pets and I have a dog who loves to eat vegetation.

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  2. I just found your blog via Pinterest, and I've love going through and watching your videos on dyeing yarn. Have you ever considered trying the experiment with red wine again, only this time adding more vinegar to help the color uptake into the yarn? I know the wine seemed acidic enough, but maybe extra vinegar would help? The finished yarn is a really pretty color as it is, though.

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    1. I really think I needed a chemical mordant (making it not safe to do in my food pots) to get more color to bind to the yarn. Mordants are used in natural dyeing. I hope to someday be able to get a second set of equipment so I can explore with non-food safe dyes.

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