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« Reply #10 on: November 22, 2011 08:46:58 AM »

Aw, wish I had been there! Love your results! Beautiful colors!
Hm, a question, do you have the feeling that the long duration of the dyeing process made for better colorintensity? I've asked this question many people, because I have the impression that once your avaiable pigments are in the fibre, the duration doesn't change it much. But people aren't certain about it, and I haven't experimented much with that.
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« Reply #11 on: November 22, 2011 11:56:08 AM »

Once the bath has exhausted, ie the dye has bonded to the fibers/mordant, leaving it in the bath doesn't do much.  This is especially obvious with chemical acid dyes, where the bath sometimes turns completely clear.  However, with the natural dyes (and some fiber reactive and acid dyes too), the bath doesn't always exhaust that well, and sometimes there is a recommendation to leave your fibers/whatever in the bath overnight to get the deepest color.

In these baths, the madder bath and weld baths exhausted pretty well.  I think the walnut bath and cutch bath might have been usable for a second round.  Sometimes only some of the pigment will exhaust, so if you put in a second batch of stuff into a partially exhausted bath, it will dye a different color than the first batch.
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« Reply #12 on: November 22, 2011 01:35:12 PM »

Such inspiration!  I love the results!!  You rock my socks, ptarmic wumpus!
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« Reply #13 on: November 22, 2011 07:14:16 PM »

This is so interesting.  Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #14 on: November 23, 2011 07:57:16 AM »

This is really interesting!   And I think it rocks!   Cheesy   I find this fascinating and one day I will probably try my hand at using natural dye like this.   Where do you buy alum?
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« Reply #15 on: November 23, 2011 05:15:08 PM »

beautiful natural dyeing!!  i love seeing nature give us great color!
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« Reply #16 on: November 23, 2011 06:15:41 PM »

Most places that sell natural dyes will sell alum, I know Dharma carries it. Some of the more specialized vendors sell the other mordants, like tin and copper.
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« Reply #17 on: November 23, 2011 06:49:50 PM »

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« Reply #18 on: November 29, 2011 02:08:55 PM »

I know they sell alum in the spice aisle, it's used in pickling. Is that the same as the alum used for dying?
I had a natural dye class yeears ago, back in '79, and loved it. We used onion skins, elderberries, tomato vines, I think either marigold and or goldenrod, ironweed (those dark purple flowers make a brown color). madder, indigo, cochineal and I forget what else. It's amazing the things one can use for dye! I still have my books from that class, I'll have to dig them back out again.
Wonderful job on the dying! Lovely colors.
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« Reply #19 on: November 30, 2011 10:15:56 AM »

Wow, what beautiful results, and such an interesting process!

A very generous friend sent me some crewel wools recently, which have been dyed using these sorts of traditional methods (such a wonderful gift!), and it's so interesting to learn a bit more about the sort of work that goes into them. The colours are just exquisite - I bet your fabrics are even more lovely in real life Smiley
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