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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Color From Nature ... Week 4 : Alum and CoT Mordant

My dye extractions are ready!  Now to mix up a pot of mordant ...


I poured off my extracts into jars ...




There is still color left in the dyestuff.
Cover it with water and let it sit overnight again to extract more color...


About 100 grams of fiber.  I'm going to mordant with alum at 10% WOF and Cream of Tartar (CoT) at 5% WOF.  This is about the least amount of mordant I can use with logwood and still get a good colorfast dye.  The percentage in the pot will actually go up as I continue dyeing ... you will see why...


10 grams of Aluminum Sulfate (alum) + 5 grams CoT


Into the pot and stir to dissolve.


Soak the fiber in water that has a few drops of a mild detergent added for about 20 minutes.
This will allow the fiber to absorb the mordant evenly.


The fiber is added to the pot of mordant and brought to a simmer of medium heat.
Simmer for at least 1 hour.

Coming next: Time To Dye!

Enjoy!


Friday, March 28, 2014

Color From Nature : Week 3 Heartwood Dye Extraction continued ...

Oops!  Obviously I didn't post yesterday.  It was a bad day for my arthritic hands.  But I did get the next step in the extraction process done ...


The alcohol on the wood has dried and now each pile goes into a pot with a quart of water.


Next the pots sat overnight  ...  


Today I brought the contents of the pots up to a slow simmer over medium heat and let them simmer for one hour.  Then I took them off the heat and now will let them ...

You guessed it!  Sit overnight :)  See you tomorrow ...

Enjoy!




Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Where The Trilliums Grow ...

Back in 2012 I blogged about my landscaping efforts in a shady glen on our property where trillums grow ...



Last fall I planted the "White Flower Collection" from White Flower Farms.  100 bulbs all with white flowers.
And then I kept my fingers crossed and waited ...


The first snowdrop ...


The first crocus ...


almost ... almost ...


Yes!  Trilliums! 
I was so hoping that the bloom period for the bulbs would overlap 
the bloom time for the trilliums.  Success!!

Enjoy!


Color From Nature : Week 3 Heartwood Dye Extraction

I'm starting a couple of heartwood extractions today.


Fusticwood, logwood and alcohol ... 


50 grams of each dyestuff ...


Spritz dyestuff with alcohol until moistened but not too wet.  Let sit several hours or overnight ...

Next step coming tomorrow ...

Enjoy!