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Topic: Natural/Acid dyed merino roving  (Read 706 times)
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« on: September 06, 2007 07:55:40 AM »

So I ordered a bunch of natural dyes from the dharma trading co. And I was playing with them all weekend. This is what I came up with.
8oz of merino wool

The green is Osage orange
the red is brazilwood
The orange is henna and brazilwood
the pink is cochineal bug and
the yellow is acid dye

Natural dyes are fun, but the mordant (I used alum) gave me a wicked headache so I would suggest a very well ventilated area. Also be sure not to leave the wool in the mordant too long, my indigo roving was ruined because I couldn't wash it in time. Oh well, live and learn.

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« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2007 08:25:14 AM »

That is beautiful!  It always amazes me the variety of colors you can get with natural dyes.  I didn't realize you could do pink!

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« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2007 08:58:57 AM »

I had to water down the cochineal and then I painted over with a bit of the yellow acid dye to brighten it up.

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« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2007 09:19:40 AM »

If you change the acidity of the cochineal [I can't remember if you need to add acid or base right now, it's early and my brain isn't on yet] you can get a really great scarlet from it.

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