Natural Dye – Madder (Commercial)

An index card on a white table. There are two columns of information written in black ink.

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.

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
An index card on a white table. On the right, the information from this post is handwritten in black in. On the left, 5 samples are stapled to the card.

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 – 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

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.