some dyes

spent most of half term dyeing stuff, as I’m desperately short of yellows and greens. Well, when I say most of half term I mean I washed skeins every morning and got up and poked some pots every hour or so, these things perfer to left alone.

top row, from left – second bath walnut(it’s a boring colour, I know, but I do need some browns and this is perfect for something I have in mind), first bath walnut, walnut/madder/weld to be overdyed soon with woad, weld, onion, onion, fustic

botton row – pomegranite, pomegranite with iron (I’d never tried pomegranite before and got 100g on a whim, it’s supposed to go green with iron but I think I used too much, I’m going to try throwing this grey in with the blue and see if it gets blacker) first bath cochineal, second bath cochineal, third bath cochineal with iron, first madder with exhaust cochineal (which is a most glorious red, I don’t think I’ll be sharing that or using it for kits, it’s mine) second madder with exhaust cochineal.

A lot of the yellows are to be overdyed with woad as soon as the fermentation abth is ready

all on crewel wieght blue faced liecester

~ by opusanglicanum on February 26, 2019.

13 Responses to “some dyes”

  1. Gorgeous colors. I tried natural dyeing once with goldenrod (flower in the USA), madder and logwood. The results were beautiful but it is a LOT of work. Do you use woad rather than indigo for the blues because that is appropriate to opus anglicanum?

    • tbh, sometimes I use woad and sometimes indigo – when they do tests on archaeological finds the two are indistinguishable because both rely on the compound indigotin. personally I think wools were most likely dyed with local woad, but a fair amount of silk probably came in from china already dyed with indigo. I’m using woad this time because I seem to ahve loads of it in stock. I don’t find dyeing mcuh more work than making chicken stock – it’s mostly. a case of planning, sthicking it in a pot, leaving it alone and then washing it – apart from blues of course, which are a right faff on

  2. Truly lovely colors. I don’t understand “cochineal with exhaust cochineal “ though. Would you explain? With your other colors, do you use a mordant?

  3. these newly dyed wools look just scrummy. I am plucking up courage to use my indigo.

    • i’ve always used a chemical bath before, which is stinky but quick, this is the first time I’ve tried a fermentation bath for blue – you’re supposed to do it in summer whilst it’s warm, but gareth ahs a tropical house, so I’m using a corner of that

  4. Love those bright colours – it just shows what natural dyes can do!

  5. Lovely colours, I too am a natural dyer. Do you mind sharing the approx % madder you are using?

    • honestly, normally I use 50%, but thos batch was unmeasured because debbie had given me some whole roots for display/artefact handling with kids, and the trouble is that they were a dull muddy orange colour, so I thought I’d just dye one skien or two with them because it brings out the colour in the root once you dry it out again(they’re a nice red now they’ve been boiled)

  6. Wonderful colours! Cochineal and madder are so useful. And I can see why you are keeping that red. Wow! Is it reproducible in the way that the others are? I know dyers who keep secret recipes!

  7. Thanks, such strong colours, lovely.

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