COCHINEAL DYE ~ Dye colours red, pinks to purples
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.
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.