DIY Daylight Dye Kit (New kit each month this year!)
This complete DIY daylight dye kit uses the power of time and UV to create your individual, naturally hand dyed skein of yarn.
The kit contains all you need: 100g skein of natural yarn, dye stuffs and alum mordant, full instructions and health and safety advice, latex free gloves and a knit or crochet pattern.
Just add the dye kit to a large jar, add water and leave somewhere in the daylight, (doesn’t have to be sunny) for 3 months or more. Then rinse the yarn thoroughly, dry and use the yarn to make enclosed pattern or one of your own choice.
The dyes are all natural, and plant based (except the cochineal,) so suitable for vegetarian crafters. Some are organically grown in my garden in Cornwall. (Madder, Greenweed, Chamomile and Aquilegia)
The mordant used to “fix” the colour to the yarn is a food grade alum which is safe to use and dispose of. It is pre-weighed for you.
The dye stuffs are all weighed and prepared ready for use. They are safe to use at home and dispose of by composting or in the waste collection facilities you have.
Please use a 1.5l jar with a sealable lid that is designed to take pressure like a Kilner/Mason jar.(the contents may get hot or ferment a bit.) Jar not supplied.
Kit colours by Month:
February, Cochineal which gives a dark pinky red/purple
March, Green weed which gives a mid to bright yellow
April, chamomile which gives a bright egg yolk yellow
May, madder gives tones from peach to brick/terracotta
July, Rhubarb root and Madder gives tones of mustard yellow, peach, orange and terracotta
September, Logwood and Chloropyll gives purple and dark green
October, Aquilegia flowers give tones of grey, green and some splashes of pink
November, madder and logwood give brick reds and purples
The yarns by month are:
February, British Corriedale Double Knit/Worsted 100g/225m
March, Wool, linen and silk 4ply/fingering 100g/580m
April, Organic cotton double knit/worsted 100g/200m
May, Blue Face Leicester and silk (grey base) 4ply/fingering 100g/400m
July, Alpaca and Merino 4ply/fingering 100g/400m
September, British Corriedale Double knit/worsted 100g/225m
October, Merino and cashmere Double knit/worsted 100g/225m
November, Alpaca and Merino Double Knit/worsted 100g/225m
These kits are suitable for older children and adults. Please follow the instructions and safety advice carefully. Do not use if you are, or may be pregnant, or if you have a severe lung condition.
I am unable to post these to Australia and New Zealand due to restrictions on the importation of plant materials. Please check your country’s restrictions before ordering if you are outside the UK.
Complete DIY Daylight Dye kit;
everything you need to daylight/solar dye your own skein of Gorgeous Yarn.
Kit includes yarn, dye stuffs, mineral mordants, latex gloves, full health and safety advice and instructions, plus a free pattern and extras.
Check out our YouTube channel videos for more information and how to set the kit up.
January: 4 colours from red through orange to yellow, like a winter sunset
February: Cochineal gives pinky red for love
March: Weld from the Gorgeous Yarns HQ garden gives rich beautiful yellow
April: Calendula on cotton is gentle primrose yellow
May: Madder in BLF and silk yarn with a twist gives a tiger pattern
June: Pink, Blue and Purple, blended and beautiful
July: Rhubarb root mustard yellow and madder rust for a sumptuous 2 tone yarn
September: Purple and green meet in the middle for an unusual and special colour-way
October: Aquilegia flowers from the HQ garden give a soft green surprise