I have no idea why, but bracken has always given me, um, the creeps. Perhaps as a child it made me think of unfurling fingers which appeared in the nightmares I was prone to as a little. (It's not the only plant to do that, cotoneaster is the other...ugh.) Anyway, if it works for me as a dye plant then I might be able to make friends with it.
This was another lazy dye experiment. I cut them down as the dye garden was being cleared, and forgot to weigh them before putting them in water to soak. After two days I put the pot onto boil then left overnight to cool.
The dyebath was a lovely caramel colour, and that's pretty much what happened to the yarn too.
I was on a hunt to try and get brown (I have a particular project in mind), so I put on my brave face and made an iron dip. Especially brave since this was my first time trying it, and I was working with a full 115g skein of North Ronaldsay worsted weight wool. Ha.
The dip started off as 60ml of hot water with 1/4 tsp of iron, but it quickly became obvious that it was going to make no difference at all. I upped it to 1 tsp, and then 2 tsp, at which point it started to change quickly and I whipped it out when I liked the colour. Not quite what I hoped for, but nice all the same.
I'm making a wee note to make sure I split my sample skeins, so I can take one out of the dyebath and have another to experiment with...
bucket of fresh braken, steeped in water for two days, then simmered for an hour and left overnight to cool
115g of wool yarn, pre-mordanted with alum and cream of tartar
simmered for an hour in braken dyebath
iron dip added of 100ml water and gradually up to 2 tsp of iron, held below a simmer for 5 minutes