Icing on the Ginger Biscuits

January 24, 2012 § 1 Comment

Natural Dye Group Year in Review

I joined the Natural Dye Group through the Handweavers & Spinners Guild of Victoria last year and I have learned so much about chemistry, biology and horticulture. It’s been really exciting to learn from a group that brings so much experience to the table. I am continuously in awe of the results that are presented during show and tell.

April

Juglans regia (English walnut)

L to Right

L to R: Handspun Cheviot and Lincoln Longwool

May

Eucalyptus Cinerea

Clockwise from top: Cormo fleece, Lincoln Longwool fleece and commercial yarn

July

Brassica oleracea var. capitata f.rubra (Red Cabbage)

Commercial yarn and handspun Merino fleece L to R: Modified with ammonia after-bath, modified with vinegar after-bath

August

Acacia paradoxa (Kangaroo Thorn)

L to R: Commercial yarn and handspun Merino fleece

L to R: Commercial yarn and handspun Merino fleece

September

Haematoxylum campechianum (Logwood)
Pterocarpus santalinus (Red Sandalwood)
Chlorophora tinctorial (Fustic)

Cormo fleece and handspun Lincoln Longwool fleece

Cormo fleece and handspun Lincoln Longwool fleece

Cormo fleece and handspun Lincoln Longwool fleece

Cormo fleece and handspun Lincoln Longwool fleece

October

Solanum Lacinatum (Large Kangaroo Apple)

Cormo fleece and handspun Lincoln Longwool

Cormo fleece and handspun Lincoln Longwool

November

Alizarin (Syntheic Madder)
Indigo (Synthetic Indigo)

Handspun Merino fleece, Alizarin with Indigo overdye

Handspun Merino fleece, Alizarin with Indigo overdye

Handspun Merino fleece, Indigo

Handspun Merino fleece, Indigo

December

Iced Ginger Biscuits made by Robyn with food colourings from nature. I would show you a photo, but I ate them.

Green: rose leaves
Yellow: Calendula Officinalis, Marigold Flower Petals
Violet: Viola spp. Pansy Flower Petals
Blue: As violet with little Bicarbonate Soda added

Reference: ‘Eco Colour’ by India Flint

Leaves, Roots and Fronds

December 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

Naturally dyed top

Naturally dyed top
L to R: carrot tops, Bracken fern, carrot root, carrot root with washing soda after bath and Eucalyptus

After getting great results with Eucalyptus dyeing, I thought I would try a few more starting with purple carrots. Since I had a large quantity of carrot tops, over 2 kg, I made a large batch of alum mordanted wool using the hot method. The carrot tops were less than exciting, but it was nice to at least get some color. The roots were equally disappointing, but more interesting after a washing soda after bath, which resulted in a nice green.

The Bracken fern was by far the most interesting. It was actually over dyed carrot top with a washing soda after bath. I forgot to take photos of the source, but there is plenty more where that came from. But be warned, they are also very strong smelling.

On the other side of the spectrum the Eucalyptus smelled wonderful, but only resulted in a colour that wasn’t very exciting. The colour improved slightly with a washing soda after bath.

Purple carrots

hand spun yarn dyed with carrot top

Hand spun yarn dyed with carrot top

Eucalyptus tree

Eucalyptus tree (species unknown)

Eucalyptus leaves

Eucalyptus leaves (species unknown)

Eucalyptus dyed

Top dyed with Eucalyptus with end dipped in washing soda after bath

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