Last dye batch for now
I think there is a dual meaning to the phrase “exhaust bath” when veg dyeing
– I can get a tiny bit more colour from this before it’s really exhausted, or
– I have exhausted all the possibilities of stuff I can dye in my house unless I start on the tea towels
I just dyed about four kilos of yarn, plus this bit of cloth…
There’s four metres, enough for some sort of frock. Dad got me a stainless steel beer barrel and lopped the top off it for me. It has a huge capacity, and was too big for the kitchen hob, so it went outside on a camping stove, propped up with a couple of bricks.
I honestly can say the cloth( a lightweight tabby wool I use mainly for embroidery) was an exhaust bath. As I dyed all the threads I used every bath between two and four times, then lobbed the leftovers in the beer barrel.
There’s cochineal, lac, two sorts of madder, cutch, weld, Persian berries, walnut and logwood in there. I did the same thing with a load of exhaust baths and some cloth before and got a very similar colour.
I’m not sure what to do with my dirty purple, it looks like a very Tudor colour somehow, but I don’t really need another Tudor kirtle. And now I’m torn whether to use it with the collar instead of the camel…?
And then we have the last of the skeins and embroidery cloths,
– logwood and exhaust bath
-exhaust bath( much paler on threads and more pink)
– first Iranian madder
– first English madder
– second logwood
– first logwood
– compound brown of many baths. I’m very pleased with my brown, as it’s almost identical to the one I’m running out of.
In other news I’m drinking a rather splendid thing called rhubarb nectar…yum