I've been reading about dyeing with black beans on Ravelry and after seeing other people's wonderful results I was itching to have a go. I bought some black beans from the Asian grocery store:
I also managed to finish the Cookies & Cream Baby Blanket I was making for a friend.
Pros: Portable - worked one at a time so you can take it anywhere and use any spare moment; Modular - you can easily adapt the pattern to suit your needs.
Cons: Ends, ends, millions of ends! If you don't like weaving in ends, like me, then you should think carefully before embarking on a project made with motifs. This blanket is made up with 66 motifs, that's 132 ends to weave in. At least I did "join as you go" so there was no sewing.
The verdict? You won't be seeing me starting another motif project anytime soon ;-)
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But it is very pretty, even if it is never "ends"ing! The yarn dying is amazing. Who would have thought denim would be the end color. Lovely.ReplyDelete
That's brilliant, am definitely going to have a go, the colour is lovely, thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
Missed your blog last week, and now can't help but wondering what your guys think about all these dye-ing projects in the kitchen or around the house. First the eucalyptus branch, then coffee pot, now beans. If it's here, for certain someone would mistaken that jar with the yarn and bean juice as strange looking spaghetti and get all puzzled when it turns out inedible. On the other hand, the bean-dyeing is very inspiring! I would have never thought of that. Must try!ReplyDelete
Finally! A good use for beans ;-)ReplyDelete
Denim blue is beautiful in yarn.
Ok, I love, love, love both the dyed skein and the blanket. I wonder if, on the beans-as-dye, the mordant interacts with the bean residue in order to get that great blue color. I don't know enough about chemistry to determine what, if any, chemical dace the alum and the protein in the beans do. :)ReplyDelete
Don't give up on motif-based projects!!!!! I make a lot of them, so I do feel your ends-weaving pain.
Wow, I love that color. Who knew that it could be so simple.ReplyDelete
Beautiful colour that gentle blue! We have lots of beans but haven't seen black. I'm often thinking to try if I could dyie with the green water that comes when we boil wild local greens (as a salad). Also the yarn you dyied with coffee, is most beautiful! x TejeReplyDelete