How to Dye Yarn with Berries – Part 2

 
Ball of pale lavender yarn with knitting needle and end of knitted scarf

Dyeing yarn with berries is a fun way to create a unique homemade yarn for knitting scarves, hats, etc. and it’s a fairly simple process too. It takes more time than going to the store and just buying skeins of yarn, of course, but if you enjoy DIY and craft projects then natural dyeing is a fun activity and a way to experiment with different dye materials and colors. 

I choose to use berries for this experiment because I thought it would be fun to try dyeing with them, because I didn’t have to worry about anything toxic with them, and because they are so easily accessible. It’s important to note, though, that berries produce more of a stain than a natural dye, so the color may fade over time, especially if you wash the yarn or leave it exposed to light. Most natural dyes can have a tendency to fade over time, so you may find that you end up with a lighter color as time goes by, but if that happens you can always re-dye your yarn in the future as was commonly practiced by people before synthetic dyes were created.

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How to Dye Yarn with Berries – Part 1: Preparing the Yarn

 Ball of pale lavender colored yarn next to knitting needle and part of knitted scarf
 

After a couple of recent trips to living history museums and seeing examples of hand-dyed yarn, I was inspired to do some experimenting of my own with natural dyes.

I had heard before that it was possible to dye yarn with berries, so I decided to give them a try as a natural dye for my yarn. Once I did a little research to find out how to do everything, the process of dying the yarn actually wasn’t as hard as I had thought it would be. There are a lot of steps involved, and it takes a little while to do it, but it was a lot of fun to try a new DIY project and to see what it’s like to dye yarn the old-fashioned way by hand.

Before you actually dye your yarn, though, there are steps you have to take to prepare the yarn for the dyeing process.These are the steps I used for preparing my yarn:

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