I read online that dark pink Camellia flowers make a good pink dye.
This was interesting to me since typically flowers - no matter the color - don't dye. The color chemicals are not stable and the best you get is a light yellow or brown.
Pink Camellias happen to be in bloom right now all over UW campus, so, I picked a bag, chopped them up,
simmered in water
and added 1T salt and 2T lemon juice (that's what the link said to do).
Check out the results:
unmordanted merino wool on left.
Copper penny mordanted merino on right.
I don't know if it this will be lightfast so I am starting a test swatch by covering part with paper or cloth and leaving in the window for a few weeks. I'll let you know how it turns out.
I'm also looking for more yarn to dye...