Natural Dye – Madder (Commercial)

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There are 4 samples stapled to the card. The silk fabric is a dark red-orange. The cotton fabric is a medium pink. The cotton yarn in a medium pink. The BFL yarn is a bright red.
Silk Fabric – Cotton Fabric – Cotton Yarn – BFL Yarn

1/26/2021 – 1/29/2021

Silk:

1 hour heat madder chips in water and strain ( medium low heat). 1 hour 45 minutes dye heat on medium low. 9 hours sit in dye bath. Rinse and wash next day.

1)

  • 118.3 g silk
  • 118.3 g madder
  • 9.4 g alum (8%)

2)

  • 112.04 g silk
  • 112.04 g madder
  • 9.96 g alum (8%)

3)

  • 119.39 g silk
  • 119.3 g madder
  • 9.55 g alum (8%)

4)

  • 89.3 g silk
  • 89.3 g madder
  • 7.14 g alum (8%)

Second Bath Items:

  • 104.5 g BFL yarn
  • 17.21 g cotton yarn
  • 24.41 g cotton fabric
  • 12 g alum (8%)

Heat in second dye bath 1 hour 40 minutes. Let cool overnight. Repeat total 4 times. Rinse and wash.

Acid Dye – Tunic Green

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1/25/2021 –

50/50/5 BFL

  • 50.96 g yarn
  • 5.96 citric acid
  • 5.96 g salt
  • .596 g (base total) dye
    • .298 g yellow
    • .298 g blue
    • 0.29 g black

Soak yarn in citric acid & water

Add salt to water and heat medium low 30 min

1 hour medium low in dye pot

Let cool in dye water.

50/50/10 BFL

  • 51.97 g yarn
  • 5.19 g citric acid
  • 5.19 g salt
  • .519 (base total) dye
    • .259 g blue
    • .259 g yellow
    • .051 g black

Same steps.

Dharma Trading Co Dye – 414 Sunflower Yellow, 416 Peacock Blue, 413 True Black


An index card on a white table. Two columns of information from this post are handwritten in black ink. At the top of the left column is a BFL yarn sample in a medium green. At the top of the right column is a BFL yarn sample is a dark green.

1/26/2021 –

60/40/5 BFL

  • 57.11 g yarn
  • 5.71 g citric acid
  • 5.71 g salt
  • .571 g (base total) dye
    • .34 g yellow
    • .228 g blue
    • .02 g black

60/40/10 BFL

  • 46.9 g yarn
  • 4.69 g citric acid
  • 4.69 g salt
  • .469 g (base total) dye
    • .28 g yellow
    • .18 g blue
    • .04 g black

Soak yarn in citric acid and water. Add salt to water and heat medium low 45 minutes. 1 hour medium low in dye pot. Let cool in dye water.

Dharma Trading Co Dye – 414 Sunflower Yellow, 413 Peacock Blue, 413 True Black

Acid Dye – Tunic Green

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10/4/2020 –

50/50 BFL

  • 28.3 g yarn
  • 2.83 g citric acid
  • .283 g dye powder
    • .1415 g yellow 50%
    • .1415 g blue 50%
  • .283 g salt

Soak yarn in citric acid bath – 30 minutes. Dye bath med low 175 deg F – 30 minutes. Let set overnight. Wash and dry.

70/30 BFL

  • 23.7 g yarn
  • 2.37 g citric acid
  • .237 g dye powder
    • .1659 g yellow 70%
    • .0711 g blue 30%
  • .237 g salt

Same steps.

Dharma Trading Co Dye – 414 Sunflower Yellow, 416 Peacock Blue

 An index card on a white table. The information from this post is written on this card in two columns. At the top of the left column is a BFL yarn sample medium green with blue tones. At the top of the right column is a darker green BFL yarn sample.

60/40 BFL

  • 15.38 g yarn
  • 1.54 g citric acid
  • .154 g dye powder
    • .0924 yellow 60%
    • .0616 g blue 40%
  • .154 g salt

Soak yarn in citric acid bath – 30 minutes. Dye bath med low 175 deg F – 1 hour. Let set to cool. Wash and dry.

65/35 BFL

  • 16.02 g yarn
  • 1.60 citric acid
  • .160 g dye powder
    • .104 yellow 65%
    • .056 g blue 35%
  • .160 g salt

Same steps.

  • Possible incorrect dye amounts due to small amounts.

Dharma Trading Co Dye – 414 Sunflower Yellow, 416 Peacock Blue

An index card on a white table. The information on this post is handwritten in two columns in black ink. At the tipe of the left hand column is stapled a BFL yarn sample in a blue green color. At the top of the right hand column is stapled a BFL yarn sample in a medium green.

10/5/2020 –

60/40 (2) BFL

  • 20.7 g yarn
  • 2.07 citric acif
  • .207 g dye powder
    • .1242 g yellow 60%
    • .0828 g blue 40%
  • .207 g salt

Soak yarn in citric acid bath – 30 minutes. Dye bath med low 175 deg F – 1 hour. Let sit to cool. Wash and dry.

65/35 (2) BFL

  • 53.80 g yarn
  • 5.38 citric acid
  • .538 g dye
    • .349 g yellow 65%
    • .1883 g blue 35%
  • .538 g salt

Same steps.

  • Possible incorrect dye amounts due to small amounts,

Dharma Trading Co Dye – 414 Sunflower Yellow, 416 Peacock Blue

Natural Dye – Madder (Commercial)

  • 49.94 g madder
  • 199.76 g fiber
  • 15.98 g alum 8%

10/4/2020 –

11:19 am – Remove some samples from garden madder dye water and wash. Not written: Hold other samples to overdye in water until dye bath is ready. Heat bath to med low 175 deg F for 1 hour.

12:19 pm – Switch burner to low. Stir in alum and madder.

1:19 pm – Strain root and add fiber. Dye for 1 hour at med low 175 deg F.

Let sit overnight. Wash and dry.

An index card on a white table. On the left, the information from this post is hand written in black ink.

There are 5 samples stapled to the left of the card. The BFL yarn is a salmon color. The BFL Tweed is a light red or dark salmon color. The hemp fabric sample is pink, The cotton sample is a pink leaning in the red orange direction. The raw silk noil fabric sample is a light red.

BFL Yarn – BFL Tweed Yarn – Hemp Fabric – Cotton Fabric – Raw Soil Noil Fabric

Natural Dye – Madder (Garden)

Cotton Yarn – Bamboo Yarn – Cotton Fabric

  • 2 year old madder root from the garden – 175.41 g
  • 205.08 g fiber
  • 16.4 g alum 8%

10/3/2020 –

12:38pm- Washed and chopped (madder roots). Let sit to oxidize.

1:11 pm – Turn on burner low 100 deg F and add water to roots.

3:14 pm – Strain out roots. Stir in alum. Add wet fiber.

1 1/2 hour on low heat. Let sit overnight. Wash and dry.

Natural Dye – Lichen

  • 160.22 g fiber
  • 12.8 alum (8%)
  • lichen from 4/4 – 4/21 2020 (1 juice bottle + 2 spaghetti jars) (not written: soaked in an ammonia and water solution)

9/8/2020 –

  • Strain and heat for 45 minutes
  • Add alum and wet fiber
  • Simmer for 1 hour
  • Turn off heat and let sit overnight
  • Wash and rinse
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BFL yarn is warm brown. Cotton yarn is a light pinkish beige. Bamboo yarn is an offwhite. Cotton fabric is a beige color. Cotton fabric previously dyed is a taupe brown.

BFL Yarn – Cotton Yarn – Bamboo Yarn – Cotton Fabric – Cotton Fabric Previously Dyed

Natural Dye – Logwood

An index card on a white table. On the right, the information detailed in this post is handwritten in black ink.

Samples are stapled to the left side of the card. The first sample is a previously dyed linen from my eco printing experiment, which is a grey purple. The next is a white linen fabric in a more true purple. A cotton fabric sample is a lavender color. A BFL yarn sample is a dark purple. A bamboo yarn sample is a shiny light purple that's darker than the lavender.

Below these samples is a cotton fabric dyed in the exhaust bath in a light purple color.

Previously Dyed Linen Fabric – White Linen Fabric – Cotton Fabric – BFL Yarn – Bamboo Yarn

2nd Bath with Dyed Cotton Fabric

  • 116.5 g fiber
  • 9.32 g alum
  • 5 g logwood dye powder

7/4/2020 –

  • 20 minutes soak samples and heat water
  • 1 hour bath of alum and fiber
  • 1 hour bath of dye and fiber (same water)
  • Let sit overnight
  • Rinse and wash

Natural Dye – Tea with Iron Water

An index card on a white table. On the left hand side, the information from this web page is handwritten in black ink.

On the right hand side, there are 6 samples stapled to the card. 5 samples are stapled in a row and the sixth is stapled below the others. The BFL yarn is a very dark brown that appears black in most lights. The bamboo yarn is a silvery grey. The cotton yarn is a medium grey. The cotton fabric is a medium grey. The linen is a dark grey. The sample beneth the others is the 2nd bath BFL yarn,which is a dark grey brown.

1st bath – BFL Yarn – Bamboo Yarn – Cotton Yarn – Cotton Fabric – Linen Fabric

2nd bath – BFL Yarn

  • 13 tea bags (black tea)
  • 136.2 g fiber
  • +100 g yarn skein
  • 3 tbsp iron water

5/8/2020 –

11:15 am – Heat tea (low medium)

12:30 pm – Add fiber

1:50 pm – Add iron water

2:15 pm – Turn the heat off and let sit.

4:00 pm – Reheat dye bath and add 100 g yarn

5:00 pm – Turn heat off and let sit overnight.

5/9/2020 – Wash and dry.

Natural Dye – Yellow Onion Skins with Iron Water

  • 36 g onion skins
  • 116.68 fiber (for iron)
  • 100 g fiber ( without iron)
  • 9.3 g alum (8%) (for iron)
  • 8 g alum (8%) (without iron)
  • 3 tbsp iron water

5/6/2020 –

8:45 am – Heat onion skins

10:00 am – add (iron) alum + fiber, soak 100g fiber

10:30 am – add alum and fiber

11:30 am – Remove 100 g fiber, add iron water

12:30 pm – turn off heat and let soak.

5/7/2020 – Remove fiber. Wash and dry.

An index card on a white table. On the left hand side, the information on this web page is handwritten in black ink.

On the right hand side, there are stapled 5 samples. The BFL yarn (no iron) is a golden yellow. The BFL yarn is a medium brown. The cotton yarn is a tan. The bamboo yarn is a tan yellow. The linen is a dark taupe.

BFL Yarn (no iron) – BFL Yarn – Cotton Yarn – Bamboo Yarn – Linen Fabric