More about home grown madder

Written by [email protected] on Nov. 11, 2009 in Dye House News, Natural Dye Plants

Lots of you have asked how I would process the madder harvested last year.

Well, it has dried very well, hanging in my neighbours' barn and was only brought inside just as the cyclone arrived last January. I wasn't going to risk my madder being blown away! It had dried so well that it was possible to snap it into smaller pieces, but not small enough.

Dried Madder

I have saved this home grown madder for this Autumn's sock collection not only because I have heard that madder needs to mature for a year but also I thought that Jan ...

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The Exhausting Pursuit of Pale Pink

Written by [email protected] on Oct. 27, 2009 in Dye House News

Exhaust is the name given in dyeing to the leftover dye baths. So once you have dyed a batch of wool what you have left over in the vat is called first exhaust. Once you have dyed something in this you have the 2nd exhaust left.

With this in mind I set out to dye pale pink!

I needed quite a lot of dark crimson pink Cherry Coloured Twist sock weight yarn for the new pattern by Ysolda Teague being launched in the next issue of Twist Collective, so I started with a strong cochineal dye bath. As I need ...

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Medieval Purses from Suis le fil

Written by [email protected] on Oct. 8, 2009 in Your Gallery

Vivi alias Suis Le Fil of the Champagne region of France has been very busy over the summer combining her love of all things medieval and her knitting skills.

The Medieval drawstring bags below have been created using Renaissance Dyeing Sock-weight 4-ply wool.

Three Medieval Purses

Fortunately we don't have to attend the French Madieval Faires to buy one as Vivi also has an Etsy Shop.

Blue and Ecru Drawstring Purse

You can also view her blog and follow the stories behind her creations.

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The Threaders of Ford Green Hall

Written by [email protected] on Oct. 3, 2009 in Your Gallery

The Threaders of Ford Green Hall are a small group of dedicated and enthusiastic embroiderers who meet every Monday at Ford Green Hall, Stoke-on-Trent. They spend many busy hours embroidering replica bed hangings, door hangings, pillows, bed spreads and more to be displayed in this charming 17th century farmhouse.

The project leader is Pauline Mountain, she explains how the long curtain took six years to finish, starting with eight people around the big frame but falling to five due to three of the older members dying. The original design is in the V & A and is shown on the cover ...

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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.

Felters and Spinners Kit

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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