Natural dyeing yellows and browns with onion skins

Written by [email protected] on Aug. 27, 2009 in Natural Dye Plants

The humble onion skin can be very versatile when it comes to natural dyeing, producing with a good alum mordant and modifiers a wide range of yellows, oranges and browns.

Living in France, it is easy to collect onion skins with the help of my neighbours, I have a good supply of organic onion skins to keep me going all year round. I just keep them in a paper sack in a dry place until needed.

Hanks Dyed with Onion Skins

I have heard it said that if the onion skins are kept too long they don't dye so well, but I haven't ...

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Logwood and persian berry extracts

Written by [email protected] on Aug. 19, 2009 in Natural Dye Extracts

Here is a little project using just two natural dye extracts: Logwood and Persian Berries and the 100g of Australian pre-mordanted merino wool, from the Felters and Spinners Kit.

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Purple and yellow are complimentary colours so you can't go much wrong really and the different tones and shades naturally produced by natural dyes bring variety and originality.

The bag was first felted and washed, a little local mica and silk gauze were incorporated into the felt to give texture. The bag was then printed with a pattern using the two dyes mixed with a little gum tragacanth. At the ...

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Sale of Large 125g Hanks

Written by [email protected] on Aug. 18, 2009 in Dye House News

After a couple of long dyeing sessions there are always the inevitable shades that don't match up to the colours on the range. Sometimes these can be re-dyed but often the colours are so nice it seems a pity not to offer them to you at a reduced price.

There are now a few new shades up on the sales page, some of which are a result of the reaction between the ph of the local water and the logwood dye.

Logwood has a very narrow ph window in which it gives a good blue purple, shift the ph ...

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Crewel Embroidery Kit from Canevas Folies

Written by [email protected] on March 31, 2009 in Your Gallery

Laurence Liebliech of Canevas Follies will shortly have her new design available on her e-shop. The design combines Renaissance Dyeing fine crewel wool together and shiny silk threads with very striking results.

The image is a peep preview of the forthcoming design.

Detail of les oiseaux

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Laminaria Shawl by Feuille

Written by [email protected] on March 31, 2009 in Your Gallery

A perfect pleasure to view in many ways.

Feuille's blog is a delight to browse, its wonderful colours and forms are so pleasant to behold.

Thank you Feuille for sharing this with us

Laminaria Shawl

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Naturally dyeing merino tops with extracts

Written by [email protected] on Feb. 6, 2009 in Natural Dye Extracts

Naturally dyeing merino tops before spinning or felting can be a scary undertaking because of the wonderful ability of merino to felt at the slightest provocation.

After simmering for an hour in the mordant and then once more in the dye liquor, even with the most gentle care the delicate fibres have often felted, which is after all why you bought it in the first place, if you are felter.

Our popular spinners and felters kit, does away with the angst attached to producing your own naturally dyed fibres and leaves you free to abandon yourself to Creative Coloration with ...

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The Sock Yarn Collection is Gathering Pace

Written by [email protected] on Jan. 8, 2009 in Dye House News

Our naturally dyed sock collection is gathering pace with the addition of two new colours Linden and Rosé. You can see our new sock range here. Both are in the Rêve range, a blend of merino, silk, bamboo and nylon.

Rêve Rosé after tying for the woad vat

The yarn is first wound into 100 g hanks. Then it is washed and mordanted with alum. Before it is dry it is shibori tied and then dyed in cochineal. During the dyeing process new ties were added to vary the cochineal colour. On emerging from the dye vat each hank already had its own distinctive colouring. The ties were ...

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Victory Shawl in Designed by Dodile of Aux Dentelles Dodile

Written by [email protected] on Nov. 29, 2008 in Your Gallery

Dodile of Aux Dentelles Dodile has posted a free pattern on Ravelry of her Victory Shawl designed for Tricotin, where you can also find it as a free pattern.

Victory Shawl

Victory Shawl

On Ravelry you can find the pattern in French and English here.

Dodile has designed and knitted the Victory Shawl in Dark Peach (shade 1201) a shade dyed with madder root.

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Harvesting the Madder in the Natural Dye Garden

Written by [email protected] on Nov. 26, 2008 in Natural Dye Plants

After four years of tending and weeding, the time has finally arrived to harvest the first madder root from the dye garden. Due to the wet autumn it has been difficult to judge the right time to harvest, as the foliage is still green and there are new root shoots. However the arrival of my brother-in-law on holiday heralded that the time was ripe, and with his help we harvested the madder patch.

Madder roots

Each day we dug out a few kilos of madder roots and he washed them before drying. As the week went on he perfected a washing method ...

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Naturally dyed mohair / silk yarn

Written by [email protected] on Sept. 19, 2008 in Dye House News

You can see the results of a bit of tricky natural dyeing on the Bergers Cathares web-site. Five naturally dyed shades on a wonderfully soft yarn of mohair spun on a silk central thread.

Here is a picture of the 5 shades before they were packed off to the farm.

Mohair Hanks

The dyeing proved difficult as the mohair is so fine it felts very easily and had to be heated up from cool temperatures to simmer very slowly and carefully, given lots of room in the dye bath, leading to smaller dye lots and moved with extreme care through all the ...

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