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the end of a dye pot

July 21, 2011

this is what came out of an exhausted lac dye pot.


4 oz. carded Corriedale

3 oz. of 2/16 light yellow cotton and 2 1/2 oz. beige cotton/hemp blend

the roving was alum mordanted, dyed in the much reduced lac, divided in half with one half modified in a weak iron bath. This was again divided in half with one half modified with left over pickle juice (vinegar).



the yarn is almost identical in colour .







the alum mordanted roving is the brightest, the iron just dulled the colour and the pickle juice changed the colour to a mottled pink/yellow/beige. None of it very interesting.


I’m handcarding it with some brighter leftover colours to spin a medium weight 2 ply.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 24, 2011 1:47 am

    Dyeing is something that I really want to learn. I am amazed by the nuances of colour that you obtained with different techniques.


  2. July 23, 2011 4:25 pm

    the yarn is a lovely soft purple. the pastel hues will add depth to brighter colors when you spin.
    i have started dyeing silk, and am beginning to appreciate how it dyes even lighter colors; the sheen of silk seems to make the color so much more vivid than the chalky wool i have dyed. happy dyeing!


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