This dye will need a mordant, Alum, when dyeing wool. 10-15% of Alum. Mordanted fabric or yarn, 50% - 100% hibiscus dye.
Add water to the dye and bring to the boil. Keep on a simmer for 30min. Strain the liquid through a sieve (cloth if using ground hibiscus) and returning the liquid back to the pot (no more heating required). Add your dyestuff and let it soak until your required colour depth is reached, from 1/2 hour to overnight.
ORGANIC COCHINEAL DYE
COCHINEAL DYE ~ Dye colours red, pinks to purples
Origin: Canary Islands, Spain. Organically farmed and processed by Canaturex ~ www.canaturex.com
I am so delighted to have finally found some organic Cochineal. Lorenzo is one of the very first offering organic fully traceable Cochineal.
Cochineal is a powerful dye - made from small insects feeding of cacti. The reds and pinks created from this tiny insects are astounding and breathtaking. From deep rich full bodied reds to light fairy like pinks can be created by only one dye bath.
Cochineal will always dye pinks on plant based fibres.
*Cochineal is the small insect, of which the most commonly cultivated species is Dactylopius. The body of the insect is made of 19–22% carminic acid.
**It takes about 80,000 to 100,000 insects to make one kilogram of cochineal dye. The two principal forms of cochineal dye are cochineal extract, a colouring made from the raw dried and pulverized bodies of insects, and carmine, a more purified colouring made from the cochineal.
6% Cochineal Wool yarn mordanted with Alum 10%
Soak Cochineal in Water overnight blend using a stick blender
Add dye to dye bath Bring to a simmer Remove any black tar like bubbles
Strain through a cloth and keep to the side Add yarn to bath simmer for one hour.
Add dye bag to second and any following dye baths.
To achieve reds and pinks, the PH needs to be increased to 10-11 (alkaline). Keep in mind to always use PH neutral soap with PH sensitive colours. This dye gives a good green when iron is added and was used traditionally to make artist paint.
65g bark, soaked in water for 2 days. 100g mordanted yarn/fibre (Alum 13g)
Bring pot with dye to simmer For 2h. Strain through cloth, add yarn/fibre and dye bag to dye bath for 1h. Rinse.
RHUBARB ROOT DYE
RHUBARB ROOT ~ Dye Colour depending on PH influencer - yellow brown, green with iron and pink with Soda Ash.
Country of Collection: China
Rhubarb is indeed a stunning Plant – not only does it grow enormous – we can eat the stalks for desserts and use the leaves for mordanting fibre and the roots for creating 3 gorgeous colours.
Line the pot with a cloth. Fill the pot half with water and add the rhubarb. Bring to about 85-95 degrees Celsius for 1 hour.
Tie dye in Cloth and leave in bath. Add wool and simmer gently for 1 hour.
Add 3% -5% iron to the dye bath to turn into green or soda ash to turn it pink, if desired.
Remove after about 10min, rinse & dry.
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