dyeing again

Lots of nice colours, blue and green from indigo and woad over the yellows I dyed a few weeks ago. Annoyingly I was really after a dark brown from my compound colour, which was already dyed with madder, weld, and walnut, but I got proper black instead. Black is useful, but it can be a bit harsh, so I like very dark brown for a lot of things.

The reds were dyed because I started assembling the women’s labours and decided it needed a red border. I didn’t have quite enough to dye a big piece of cloth with cochineal (cochineal red is a dominant colour throughout the 12 panels) and I didn’t want to order more dye when I have stuff lying around. Instead I took the 100g of madder I had and boiled it five times to extract enough red from it to fill the big dye pot (needed for cloth because it need to move around more than thread to get even colour) and then added a couple of teaspoons of cochineal to boost the red.

The two darker red cloths were both done at the same time. The bigger, more orangey piece is the stuff I use for embroidery, the smaller, more densley brick red is an old bit of wool challis – it has about the same drape as a cotton, and I mainly use it for viels, but I wanted some very flexible thin red for binding the edges of the rossetes that will go over the joins, so this will make good bias tape for that.

The heather  pink colour is a strip of sheep’s grey manx tweed left after I cut the panels for the Guthlac roll. The tweed was a single, so only 30 inches wide instead of the usual sixty, and there was a bit about a foot wide and seven or eight metres long leftover after I’d cut the panels. I used some as was for the filler on the women’s labours, and I thought using up the exhaust to dye the rest would be a good idea – I will put it aside to make the fillers on Guthlac in a few years time.

After that lot the vat still wasn’t exhausted though, and I didn’t want to throw colour away, so I dyed a piece of lightwieght silk taffeta and some 2/18 wool that was lying around. The 2/18 is slightly thinner than I use for embroidery and was sent by mistake, but I couldn’t return it because the mill went bust – it’s good for tablet weave though.

The silk is perfect a viel at 35 inches has a lovely drape, but pastels just look awful on me, so I’m selling it for £15.

And there’s way more weaving wool than I need, so they’re also up for grabs. The 70g skeins are £12 each, and the 100+gram skien is £15. There’s also  small skien of two ply rough silk for £8. plus post, pm If you would like any


~ by opusanglicanum on June 13, 2019.

4 Responses to “dyeing again”

  1. It’s good to see the range of colours you get from these dyes.

    • when I first started dyeing thirty years ago I thought you just used the vat once then chucked it. I cringe now to think of all the useful colour I must have thrown away, esp since so many of the exhaust shades are really useful in embrodiery

  2. Those are beautiful colors! I especially liked the darker pinks.
    I was wondering if you had ever dyed with bouganvillea flowers. I can get them where I live. Can the magenta flowers be dried first, or do they need to be fresh?sincerely,
    Lee Garig-Meyer

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