Spreading easily, Goldenrod typically grows in large patches of open fields and along road sides, its peak bloom in late summer and early autumn.
You’ll most likely find some growing in your own backyard or along the roadsides, so harvesting goldenrod in areas likely to be mowed is a great place to pick from - make some magic with them before they get mowed down!
If you plan to harvest goldenrod later in autumn, please dont forget to leave some for the bees & butterflies :)
There are around 100 different species of goldenrod, all of which are likely produce some sort of yellow hue for dyeing.
Pre-treat your fiber in an alum or soda ash bath before dyeing: (https://www.sashabotanica.com/post/pre-treating-fiber-before-dyeing)
1.) Add your Goldenrod flowers to a pot of water - make sure you have enough water to allow your fiber to float freely once the flowers have been strained out.
2.) Let the flowers steep for about an hour or two on a medium/high heat - do not boil!
3.) After the steeping hours are up, the color should be a rich yellow. Strain out the flowers and return the pot to a medium/low heat.
4.) Add your fiber (make sure you wet the fiber completely in warm water before adding! This allows the color to dye evenly), stirring occasionally to make sure there are no trapped air bubbles, allowing the fiber to dye evenly.
5.) Keep in the dye bath for about an hour, or longer for a deeper color.
6.) Once you like the shade of color, rinse with lukewarm water and hang to dry out of direct sunlight!