|Tansy ragwort - Spokane, WA 2017|
Driving along I-5 north of Olympia a couple of days ago, I noticed lots of Queen Anne's Lace growing in the dry ditches. It looks very much like Cow Parsnip, both having white, umbrella shaped blossoms. The QAL is much smaller in size and more delicate than the Cow Parsnip, and its leaves are more feathery like carrot tops.
Both the Tansy and the QAL will yield lovely shades of yellow.
Also, along the roadsides near my home, the Foxglove is prolific this time of year. The purple blossoms can easily be stripped from the stems by hand and stuffed into a plastic bag. I usually gather about two shopping bags full of blossoms for one dye bath for one 4-oz skein of wool yarn.
Pre-mordant your yarn with alum, then simmer the yarn simultaneously with the blossom for several hours. Leave in the pot all night to cool. Yields a beautiful yellow-lime green.
Check out the post links on the right for more information on dyeing with each of these plants.