Well after last weeks disappearing yellow dye , I first rushed out to see if there was any hawthorn blossom left. I was in luck as the trees down by the river were still mostly in flower and I was able to easily pick some more. I do wonder if the colour comes from the petals , which are really beautiful , or for the tiny berry in the middle of the flower ?
I also had a good look at my pans , and concluded they were not very clean. So I boiled them with washing soda solution which produced a ghastly pink scummy solution. I then scrubbed them with abrasive powder cleaner and finally rinsed and rinsed.
In parallel with this I was making another vessel to dye . Trying Shetland fibre again.
Looks a little hairy as it still here needs a shave and I am still not 100% happy with the finished felt quality , which I will investigate. But my hawthorn flowers were waiting , so I stitched with silk , cotton and linen
and dared to dye again.
I am so pleased with the colour , what a beautiful springlike yellow.
I just have to work out now to be 100% happy with the felting and the dyeing at the same time.! Or on reflection maybe that’s not possible, just more happy with them both will do.