I love surrounding myself with beautiful fiber. It just makes me feel happy. Below is how some of it comes to be. My friend Cathy had a marigold explosion in her garden and offered me this bag of 3 or 4 different varieties.
So while enjoying the wonderful aroma, I cut the heads off deciding to leave the seeds intact.
Then I soaked the blossoms for 2 days.
After simmering for 45minutes or so I was wondering what the color would come out. I scooped out the exhausted flowers
The fleece had to simmer for about 45 minutes as well. The fleece had been mordanted with alum and cream of tartar.
I was looking for an orange but worried this might not be bright enough. Then when I took it out to rinse and dry, the fleece ended up looking yellow green. Not orange, but a brilliant color.
After combing the locks, the color seemed to change again to a more true yellow and still very lustrous.
The fleece above is Cottswold and the fleece below is a Cottswold/CVM cross.
Can't wait to spin this lovely fleece. Thank you Cathy!