Mordants: An Overview of Mordants for Natural Dyes - Wearing Woad
The majority of natural dyes, whether chemical dyes or natural dyes, adhere to the fiber through a chemical bond. With straight dye and fiber, this bond is easy to degrade and break. However, some compounds can cause the dye to adhere to the fiber. These compounds are called mordants, and are usually metal salts. Natural ... Read More about Mordants: An Overview of Mordants for Natural Dyes
Not So Fugitive Natural Dyes: Top Seven Colorfast Natural Dyes - Wearing Woad
Natural dyes are fun, and enjoyable, but finding out too late that your dye is not a colorfast natural dye is heartbreaking. This list of some of the top colorfast natural dyes can help you have an enjoyable and fun time with your natural dye adventures. Indigo, walnut, and madder are just a few of the colorfast dyes.
Dyeing variegated yarn with Wilton's
My pal let me know that she received her yarn yesterday, so I can post the stories of its birth. The first yarn that I attempted (and actually completed) was an orange, brown and green self-striping yarn, detailed in a post I wrote yesterday. As mentioned, I wasn't thrilled with how tangled it got and how many times I had to re-skein it (and the felting that occurred) so I decided to make a second skein a different way. I chose colors that I thought might look neat together (all the shades…
From Gerry, Historical Interpreter: There are many different ways of retting. The retting process is rotting of the inside reedy layer of the flax, so that you can free out the fibers. The Germans use the process of dew-retting, in the fall of the year, when the dew is the heaviest. It is laid out in long thin rows in short grass to collect the nightly dews. It may take several weeks. The problem with this method is that you get mold and mildew on the flax, so the quality is not as good as…