You can read about my Extremely Novice Adventures in dyeing 'here' by clicking this link: I told you I will be going on a 'Dyeing Picnic' in the Summer,hosted by one of the members of 'The Birmingham and District Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers', well I can't believe it has come around so quickly, I am off picnicking tomorrow to learn more. So today I will be busy preparing my Merino yarn and fibre for tomorrows various dye baths.
|This was my Mom's first spin so it will be perfect for experimenting on.|
:A Mordant is a chemical that fixes a dye in or on a substance by combining with the dye to form an insoluble compound
Different effects can be achieved in the dye baths depending on the mordant you use. I am going to be using Alum as a mordant with Cream of Tartar.
|You can get Alum from Chemists, I got mine from Good Old Ebay, Cream of Tartar can be bought in the baking section of the Supermarket.|
|Woolly Stew - the sample skeins are under the Merino fibre|
|The Yarn on the left is Merino that I dyed using an Alum Mordant and a Blackcurrant, Raspberry and Blackberry Dye bath. The colour was disappointing but the smell delicious! I will stick to making Jam with these fruits.|