Natural Dyeing: Acacia Gum
This is the Shetland wool I dyed using Acacia Gum extract all spun and navajo plyed. I’m rather pleased with it – it’s a lovely unusual shade – not quite pink but not fully beige – I’ve dubbed it cafe au lait for now and think it’s a perfect shade for baby items. It’s feminine enough for a little girl whilst still having an earthiness about it – plus any alternative to the ubiquitous baby pink is good in my books!
I must confess, after some only partially successful natural dyeing with plant material this weekend (more on that in a future post), I’m starting to be seduced by the natural dye extracts. I think part of the reason is that I’m about to book a place at a craft show in autumn so the ability to repeat colours more accurately and speed up the dyeing process suddenly seem a lot more appealing!
Of course there’s absolutely no reason why I need choose one method over the other and I imagine I’ll end up doing a bit of both – at least until I have room to grow my own dyeplants.