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.
Juglans regia (English walnut)
Brassica oleracea var. capitata f.rubra (Red Cabbage)
Acacia paradoxa (Kangaroo Thorn)
Haematoxylum campechianum (Logwood)
Pterocarpus santalinus (Red Sandalwood)
Chlorophora tinctorial (Fustic)
Solanum Lacinatum (Large Kangaroo Apple)
Alizarin (Syntheic Madder)
Indigo (Synthetic Indigo)
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
December 24, 2011 § Leave a comment
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.