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a very bright – yellow

April 18, 2014

the rhubarb root sat around fermenting for 10 days

it actually smells quite pleasant

P1040767from the right–

silk from the first dyeing – beside it is silk from the second bath

can’t call it an exhaust bath because it obviously isn’t exhausted

next is the wool from the first pot

finally is wool from the second pot – with NO mordant – hardly any change in shade

the fabric is silk shantung, alum mordant, second bath

the root fibre went back into the dye pot and I’ll dye again in a few days

think most of the yarns will get overdyed with indigo

P1040769finished spinning the silk hankies

right to left – all the colours blended

then, just the pinky purples

and finally, the two yellows with the final bits of pink

P1040764in the studio – I choose this pattern because all the colour is in the pattern weft

which means each tea towel can be different – and I don’t get bored

P1040763the rhubarb yellow must have gone to my head

2/8 yellow/green cotton and a 2/5 mercerized yellow go well with the natural linen

what comes next?  orange or maybe purple

14 Comments leave one →
  1. April 19, 2014 11:06 am

    Gorgeous yellows! Told you rhubarb root was a powerful dye, didn’t I? I love the way you can dye with a bit of root, replant the rest, eat your rhubarb and use the discarded leaves for mordant – very useful plant. Just this morning we had our first-of-the-season rhubarb sauce on our pancakes. Yum. Your spun silk hankies are also very pretty!


    • April 19, 2014 11:18 am

      Louisa – we could start a “I love rhubarb club” I haven’t gathered any of my large patch yet but it is certainly ready.


  2. April 18, 2014 2:34 pm

    It’s a nice yellow, but I’d rather eat the rhubarb


    • April 18, 2014 3:42 pm

      Tanya – you you can eat the rhubarb and have the yellow too. I only used a small piece of the root, dug up accidentally.


  3. April 18, 2014 12:53 pm

    not sure if my comment went through, but i love the rhubarb dye and hate eating it, so maybe i’ll go out and dig mine up!


    • April 18, 2014 1:14 pm

      Velma – I thought about you, it is so strong I wonder what colour you would get. I love to eat it and that was only a fraction of the roots I must have. have to see what greens it will give with indigo before I get excited.


  4. April 18, 2014 12:25 pm

    I’m a lover of yellow, but I bet these will make excellent greens, too. Look forward to seeing them. The spun hankies look very nice and gentle.


    • April 18, 2014 12:43 pm

      Kristin – I’ll wait and see what the next pot looks like and then keep some yellow. I do like the blend in the hankies.


  5. Marion permalink
    April 18, 2014 10:49 am

    wow….you are a wealth of inspiration and I’m so interested in learning about the natural dyes from you


  6. April 18, 2014 10:42 am

    Ooh, pretty! Isn’t rhubarb generous? I never got around to overdyeing mine so I am keen to see how yours turns out.


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