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it’s not all beige

August 11, 2011

after 10 days the mullein pot started to really smell and had a nasty scummy surface.

the cotton/hemp on the cone is the natural colour, the skein on the left is after 10 days of solar dyeing with the vegetation in the pot, skein on the right is solar dyed and then simmered on direct heat for 1 hour. Ho hum!

The silk and handspun, knitted wool/silk blend went into the solar dye for 24 hours and was then simmered for 1 hour. At least it’s not beige.

I’ll try top dyeing with more hollyhocks and lomatium spp.  a local weed known as Spring Gold.

there is well documented dye recipes from guilds and dyers long before chemical dyes arrived on the scene. In the Northern hemisphere there was always an extensive search for colour. Entire economies were effected by the need/greed for new colour. Hence the history of woad, the introduction of indigo and the purple-giving molluscs. Those dyer’s livelihoods, and in some cases lives, depended on their ability to produce strong, lasting colour.  

In the area of solar dyeing and eco dyeing it is possible that the strength of the northern sun during plant growth and the dyeing process may be a  factor in the resulting colour.

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