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 – Green Basil

  • 55.2 g dried green basil (garden)
  • 11.5 g alum
  • 143.2 g fiber

4/5/2020 –

10:00 am – 11:00 am – simmer the basil

11:00 am – Strain leaves. Stir in alum. Add fiber.

11:05 am – 12:05 pm – Simmer fiber. Let soak in dye overnight.

4/6/2020 – Wash in Soak and hang to dry.

An index card on a white table. On the left of the card, the details of the green basil dye is handwritten in black ink.

On the right side is stapled 2 fabric samples and 3 yarn samples. The cotton fabric sample is beige. The linen fabric, cotton yarn, and bamboo yarn are off white. The BFL yarn is a tan color.

Cotton Fabric – Linen Fabric – BFL Yarn – Cotton – Bamboo Yarn

Natural Dye – Purple Basil

An index card on a white table. There is a strip of black and orange jack o' lantern washi tape along the top edge.

Handwritten on this card in black ink is two columns of the information detailed on this web page.

Above the right hand column is stapled two yarn samples for bye bath 1. Both samples are a dark greyish purple.

Below the right hand colum is stapled the dye samples for dye bath 2 and dye bath 3. Dye bath 2 haas 2 fabric samples and 1 yarn sample. All three are a lavender color. Dye bath 3 had 1 fabric sample and 2 yarn samples. The fabric sample is a very light lavender. The BFL tweed yarn sample is a greyish tan. The cotton yarn sample is an off white light lavender.

Dye Bath #1 – BFL Yarn – BFL Tweed Yarn

Dye Bath #2 – Linen Fabric – Cotton Fabric – Bamboo Yarn

Dye Bath #3 – Cotton Fabric – BFL Tweed Yarn – Cotton Yarn

17.15 g purple basil (garden) dried

  1. 36.3 g yarn, 2.9 g alum (8%). 4/18/2020 10:00 am – 11:00 am simmer leave sin water. 11:00 am – add alum, add yarn. 11:45 am – Add 27.4 g yarn, 2.19 g alum. 12:45 pm – turn off heat and let soak. 7:00 pm – remove, wash, dry.
  2. 77 g fiber, 6.16 alum. 7:00 pm – reheat dye bath. 7:30 pm – add alum, add fiber. 8:30 pm – turn off heat and let soak overnight, then remove, wash, and dry.
  3. 102.85 g fiber, 8.2 g alum, 3 tbsp iron water. 4/19/2020 8:45 am – reheat dye bath. 9:15 am – add alum, add fiber. 10:15 am – add iron water. 11:15 am – turn off heat and let sit. 5:30 pm – remove, wash, and dry.

Natural Dye – Woad

An index card on a white table. The information for the woad dye is handwritten in blue ink.
An index card on a white table. On the left is handwritten the continued woad notes in blue ink. On the right are 4 yarn samples stapled to the card. The BFL, BFL tweed, and mint yarns are off white slightly tinted light blue. The cotton yarn is a bright white.

Note: Late, I learned that laundresses used to use a little bit of woad or indigo on white linens and cottons to brighten whites.

BFL Yarn- BFL Tweed Yarn – Mint Yarn – Cotton Yarn

Woad cont.

Notes –

  • Fabric previously dyed with turmeric changed to pink, but back to yellow with washing.
  • Not enough pigment to overdye fabric.
  • Not enough pigment to overdye onion/avocado sugar cane or mullein bamboo.
  • Bare yarns hold some blue, but not saturated.

Woad grown in garden

Harvested and reduced per weavingwoad.com 8/24/19.

8/31/19 –

11:53 am – 2 gal cold water in bucket. Heat 1/2 gl + add. pH 6 + 3 tbsp soda ash, pH = 10

12:09 pm – 1/2 gal water add (pH10)

12:30 pm – Add 1 tsp thiox to woad stock heated

12:45 pm – Jar color change complete. Remove 1/2 water from bucket to be heated on the grill.

1:08 pm – Hot water to bucket (pH10). 1 tsp thiox.

1:23 pm – Added jar stock to bucket, wait 15 minutes.

1:54 pm – 1 tsp thiox to 2nd jar stock.

2:20 pm – Add recharge to bucket.

2:35 pm – Dye. 4 minutes – mint. 2 minutes – sugar cane. 2 minutes – cotton + linen (2nd). 2 minutes – bamboo. 2 minutes – previously dyed fabric turmeric.

Dry, wash until water runs clear, dry again.

4-5 minutes per sample. 3 previously yellow cotton + linen, 1 cotton yarn, 1 BFL tweed yarn, 1 BFL