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    Not quilt related but o so fun !

    Hi
    I just had to show you..

    I made a test run of dying yarn to night. I had some old cotton yarn that did not matter if I wasted it. I looked around and found some turmeric powder and I had some vinegar. I did not used my alum mordant because I have not yet bought a designated dye pot.
    I threw it all in some cold water and put it on low and simmered it for maybe 5 min so it was all combined. Then I true in the cotton hank that I just winded. It turned yellow as expected. when it had simmered for maybe 10 min. I lifted it up and put it on a glas dish to cool. When cooled I began rinsing it. some bleeding but not much. After a couple of rinses I add my dish soap and it immediately turned red!!. I kept rinsing until all the soap was gone and ended up with the color you see in the picture. I love it ! So I put in some grey yarn (wool/acrylic blend. It turned green! It had no reaction to my dish soap.

    I have been thinking on the soap. It is lemon scented so I think that is what reacted with the vinegar.

    My proper yarn that I am gonna dye is coming at the end of next week. I am planning on using Alum mordant and Onion skin as pigment. I want a dark color.
    I am so excited !
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    God, Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
    The stash to make a quilt to help me cope,
    A quilt to give to comfort those I love in times of hurt, fear and uncertainty.
    And the courage to keep on sewing when life itself seems held together by a single thread of hope.
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