Archive for November, 2012

Black experiment with dye

November 26, 2012

There is one more experiment I wanted to try to get black: using dye extracts with no indigo.  It wasn’t particularly successful on wool.  The best black is equal parts logwood grey (logwood with iron) and Himalayan Rhubarb.  The ones with madder are too red.  That might work better with larger quantities of fiber.   The test fibers are the same as in the previous black post.

From top to bottom
Logwood grey + Him. Rhubarb, equal parts
Logwood + Him. Rhubarb, equal parts
Logwood Grey 2 parts, Him. Rhubarb 1 part, Madder RT 1/2 part
Logwood 2 parts, HR 1 part, Madder RT 1/2 Part
Logwood Grey 2 parts, Osage Orange 1 part, Madder RT 1/2 part
Logwood 2 parts, Osage Orange 1 part, Madder RT 1/2 part

More Black Experiments

November 23, 2012

I wanted to redo some of the black experiments in a more controlled setting.  Sometimes, in classes, you are not sure what is done in the class.  I redid some of the recipes from the Taos Wool Festival and added a few.  All experiments were done over 3 dips of indigo on wool.  I just showed the white dyed yarns in the pictures.  The lac and himalayan rhubarb seemed most promising although with the right contrast, all of these would work.  I also redid the cochineal but it did not work as well as the lac.  I used equal parts lac and HR and lac and OO.

3 dips in indigo and undyed yarns

Overdyes from left to right Madder RT, Lac + HR, Lac + Osage Orange

Overdyes with iron, from botton to top, madder RT, Lac + HR, Lac + Osage