Oak Gall, also known as oak apple was and is still used for making ink. We use it as a fibre Mordant, due to its high tannin content. Unlike other tannin, it doesn't stain the fibre.
Oak Gall is available as whole, cut or ground.
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.
ORGANIC ELDERBERRY DYE
ORGANIC *CUT or **WHOLE ELDERBERRIES (Sambucci Nigri) ~ for a light purple colour on wool and silk as well as green when using Soda Ash.
Cut Organic Elderberries are Cultivated in Poland Whole Organic Elderberries are Cultivated in Croatia
Fine for Consumption and Soap making
*Use 50% of Dye according to the weight of the dry fabric/fibre you would like to dye.
**Use 75-100% of dye according to the weight of the dry fabric/fibre you would like to dye.
Add water to the dye, add tartaric acid and bring to the boil. Keep on a good simmer for 60min. Strain the liquid through a sieve lined with cloth and returning the liquid back to the pot, tying the dye bag and add that one too. When cool enough add your dye stuff and heat to 80 Degrees Celcius for an hour. You can let it continue to cool in the pot until your required colour depth is reached, from 1/2 hour to overnight.
Add Soda Ash for a leafy green.
Rinse when finished.
Colours shown in the last pictures are Elderberry on our Yeti yarn (Yak & Silk Yarn)
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