I'll go backward & will start with the last dyeing actually. We used rosa canina (wild rose), and picked rose hips last week during our day out.
We did modified this one with iron. I like that it gave different taupe/brownish gray hues, depending on which fiber. On a side note, I had cut each and every rose hip with a pair of scissors, which had caused me a blister & to get stung by microscopic thorns. But that's ok ;-)
The second dyeing was made with geranium ropbertianum (herb robert). If you have a garden, there's a chance it's growing in it. You can easily miss it if you don't pay attention, but once you know what it is, its red stems will catch yours eyes always. It doesn't smell really nice when you pick it, but it fades when you dye with it. And I think, given that it grows rather abundantly, that it's a good source of dye. We did NOT modify this dye.
A slightly greenish gold, don't you think ? Really really interesting. We used the whole plant, sometimes roots included. Leaves, flowers, stems, and roots.
And the last dyeing, but not the least. We used rhamnus alaternus (Italian buckthorn) once again (we had used it twice in June 2010 & we had got a very bright yellow, and also a mustard yellow) This year, we modified it with iron, to see the difference. We were nicely surprised.
Luscious, right ? What I love is that it has a slightly "antique" look to it, though I hope I don't sound stupid saying this. Anyway, we are happy with this one too, and I hope we'll do it again, since this shrub grows abundantly in wild areas over here. And modified or not, it gives amazing results.
Okaaaay ... I think it'll be enough for one day, right ? I hope you enjoyed these as much as we enjoyed making them !