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Topic: Natural Dyeing: Madder and nettles  (Read 2064 times)
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Kittyboo
« on: May 10, 2009 11:30:05 AM »

Hi folks,

I've been continuing my dalliance with natural dyeing - here's my recent results:





I premordanted the wool with alum and cream of tartar then dyed it with 100% madder root to the weight of the wool. Although I think I let it get a bit too hot which brought out some brown tones, I'm pretty pleased with the colour. It reminds me of autumn leaves. I've written up the process on my blog here if you're interested...

The other lot of dyeing used nettles. Here's how it turned out:



Quite a subtle colour but it looks nice (imo) when spun:



Again, I premordanted with alum and cream of tartar but used 200% nettles to the weight of the wool.

Thanks very much for looking.





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alatheia
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2009 12:43:25 PM »

 Shocked I love that red colour !!!!
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« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2009 03:25:49 PM »

That's a lovely red.  The nettle is nice too (do you harvest it yourself?)  Have you tried cochineal on wool?  It makes the most Lovely shades of wine to scarlet red . . . little pricey to buy, though.
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Kittyboo
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2009 10:50:20 AM »

Thanks Ambri - I've not tried cochineal yet but hope to soon. I personally didn't harvest the nettles but sent my husband out to do it (he wanted some to make nettle beer with anyhow) - he tells me he got quite a few odd looks as he walked down the road wearing my pink rubber gloves and clasping a big bunch of nettles...   Cheesy
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ClothoYarns
« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2011 10:06:02 AM »

beautiful color! my madder attempts have only yielded flesh tone pinks but after reading your post i must not have been using enough! i have gotten good results with cochineal, and it's not as temperature sensitive as madder, but i found i get stronger reds with and acid dyebath. does acidity affect the madder much does anyone know?
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