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dyeing naturally

February 20, 2012

madder root

famous for red for centuries

I grow madder and have never been able to get a good strong red

there many recipes – I’ve tried most of them, maybe I don’t use enough dye material

it has been suggested that my soil needs correcting

it will be a red letter day when I get  it right! 

a weak dye bath on silk and linen

silk dyed with lac, logwood, madder and something ? yellow

blended on hand cards and spun into a 2 ply

a combination of  the exhaust baths of lac, logwood and madder

some cotton thrums for stitching, an old doily, more silk and the cotton eyelet lace – I’m delighted that it wasn’t some kind of polyester blend.

and I tried some folded paper, not the right paper but it’s a great idea. 

now it’s back to the loom.

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  1. February 20, 2012 1:59 pm

    I love this shade of red, smoky pink, I think! I love stitching with dyed threads. They seem to lift the cloth and the colour – Enjoy playing on the look – hugs Nat

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  2. February 20, 2012 6:01 pm

    it’s a lovely yarn, and i, to, have clemes and clemed cards…misplaced, but in the studio, for sure!

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  3. February 20, 2012 6:01 pm

    er, too, that is!

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    • February 20, 2012 8:20 pm

      Velma – the cards with the curved backs are the best! I also have a drum carder which I seldom use, the hand cards are relaxing and a pleasure to use.

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      • February 21, 2012 4:46 am

        yes, i have their drum carder (and cotton cards and a flick card) but my curved cards are well used, just lost in the the closet!

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      • February 21, 2012 8:13 am

        I would to have a peek in that closet!

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  4. February 21, 2012 10:41 pm

    Dear Jean, I admire your work but you will have to explain what ‘curved cards’ means during our trip.

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    • February 21, 2012 11:08 pm

      Blandina – the wooden back of the fibre combs are slightly shaped/curved to fit comfortably when they rest on your thigh while you are carding/combing the silk – less expensive cards are flat and not as nice to work with.

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      • February 21, 2012 11:27 pm

        Oh, than you, there is so much for me to learn.

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