Saturday, December 29, 2012
The roots of the plant are very slender, so it does take quite a lot of effort to get them. I only managed to dig up a little bit of the roots, but tried to use it for dye anyway. The result slightly disappointing, but that is most likely because I wasn't watching the dye pot carefully enough and the wool started to boil. That is not good. It makes the colour browner than it would otherwise be, besides felting the wool.
All red colours should be dyed at a slightly lower temperature than simmer in order to get the most red dyes. There are both yellow and red dyes in the roots and I may try to use the dye material a second time and see if I get redder tones.
It shouldn't come as a surprise how much colour the unmordanted yarn took, since roots contain tannins that work as mordants. The Alum mordanted wool is a redder shade, but the Rhubarb mordant gives a yellower tone.
The Iron gave a light brown and the copper turned the yarn a greyish brown. I like both of those colours and am slightly amused by my new appreciation of all shades of browns and greys. The acid lightened the colors quite considerably, while the alkaline didn't really change the colour that much.
The flower tops of the plant can also be used to get a yellow colour so I might try that next year.
- I’m a fun loving person who loves to do things, make things, grow things, repair things. I love it when my husband gives me power tools as presents! The next best thing is getting ingredients. Any type of ingredients, oils, pigments, building materials, old pieces of wood or used textiles, especially. I love the fact that anything can be made. Need glue? Well, go to the kitchen and make some! Don’t have a recipe for glue? Google it! (Isn’t the internet a fantastic invention) Need lettuce? Grow it! On a window sill if you don’t have a garden . I have two daughters, two dogs, one son in law and one husband. Born and bred in Iceland (I think that was a horrible mistake, I like warm weather and sun). Still live there though and of course I like it, really. But the weather could be better. I read a lot. Some fiction, but mostly factual books. I have an oppinion about most things. They may not be the right opinions, but I’ll stick to them unless you convince me otherwise. And I will change my mind give new facts and strong logic! I generally like my life. I like most people and love the fact that nothing that really matters to me can be taken away.