The yarn I dyed with my own eucalyptus dyes has now been knitted into a scarf/stole/shawl/thing. As many people have commented, the joy of creating your own dyes from natural sources is that the hues and tones you create (however haphazardly, in my case at least) work so harmoniously together. And so, even though these are not colours I would necessarily have chosen if offered them in a yarn shop, I find the result extremely pleasing and satisfying.

termeil scarf

And so onto the next part of the experiment — using the more concentrated dye on paper as a substitute for ink. Again, the resulting colours are not necessarily wildly exciting, they are certainly not vibrant! But I am very pleased with the result, and these subtle earth tones suit my purposes very well for now.

soft tones in dabs and drips

soft tones in dabs and drips

What I don’t know is how long these dye solutions last. Will they ‘go off’? At the moment (and after a couple of weeks in their bottles) they still just smell pleasantly of gum leaf and earthiness. I will just have to wait and see. Now to try dyeing my paper yarn…