Deyaneria on July 30th, 2011

In addition to playing with Yak fiber this week. I tried another natural dyeing project as well. I picked some Queen Anne’s Lace and steeped it on low for 2 hours. I mordanted some superwash wool in alum and cream of tarter for 90 minutes. Then I dyed the wool. Here is what happened.   […]

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Deyaneria on July 27th, 2011

Yaks are divided by color into the following categories: Imperial: black hair with a black nose. Black: black hair with a gray nose Trim: black hair with white trim usually on the forehead, feet and tip of tail. Royal: black and white hair (like Holstein cows). Golden: light brown to golden color (from a recessive […]

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Deyaneria on July 25th, 2011

The yak, Bos grunniens or Bos mutus, is a long-haired bovine found throughout the Himalayan region of south  Asia, the Tibetan Plateau and as far north as Mongolia and Russia. In addition to a large domestic population, there is a small, vulnerable wild yak population. In the 1990s, a concerted effort was undertaken to help save the wild yak population. […]

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Deyaneria on July 22nd, 2011

I’ve spend the last couple weeks working with natural dyes. As I was doing this I was also amassing some of the local produce for my seasonal canning. First to the dyeing project the beets and plums produced some interesting colors. I used the plum pulp for some delicious plum jam. I also made strawberry […]

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Deyaneria on July 18th, 2011

I was feeling inspired after last weeks success with natural dyes. So I decided to embark on a project after getting so many plums last week. As I processed them to freeze for jam later. I realized the skins had a lot of color. I simmered them for about 3o minutes till all the color […]

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Deyaneria on July 15th, 2011

We got the alpacas sheared and wow what a difference! I forgot how tiny they really are. The amount of fiber was amazing. Romeo also had some dental work done. He looks so handsome now.   In other news we went to the strawberry farm and did some picking for jam. I was also able […]

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Deyaneria on July 14th, 2011

I finished off my mason jar dye with a dip in the water bath canner. It turned out great.    After that success I decided to try something new. I did a little research and decided to try dyeing with some of the plants that grow on my property. So I went and collected some Black-eyed Susans. […]

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Deyaneria on July 11th, 2011

I decided to take a quick detour from the “Oh The Fiber ” series and try my hand at jar dyeing.    I am using my Cushings Acid dyes and some superwash wool. First I wet down the fiber in water with a bit of dish detergent in it. While it was soaking(about 30 min) […]

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Deyaneria on July 8th, 2011

I’ve seen two types of banana fiber one was a yarn my friend had ordered and crocheted up. It felt very coarse and a bit harsh on the hands. The fiber that I ordered is very smooth and shiny.   The processes for making yarn from banana fibers vary from region to region. Most popular […]

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Deyaneria on July 6th, 2011

Banana is the common name for herbaceous plants of the genus Musa and for the fruit they produce. Bananas come in a variety of sizes and colors when ripe, including yellow, purple, and red. Almost all modern edible parthenocarpic bananas come from the two wild species Musa acuminata and Musa balbisiana. The scientific names of […]

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