Monday, October 13, 2008

Natural dying - Madder

I have been on a medieval market this weekend and have dyed wool yarn with my friend Janni. I had prepared some wool from home with alum and also brught some that had not been treated. This was to see how different the wool took in the colour.

This is the result from the "hard" work.

I dyed two baches that have been treated which I´m going to use for "nålebinding"/"needlebinding". And the one in the middle that hadn´t been treated with alum is a very thin embroidery yarn. There is a clear difference in the two types of yarn but I´m very excited about both colours. And I were very happy to see that the embroidery yarn took in so much colour. So for the future I´m going to dye some more for embroidery purposes.

We got a lot of response on your dying and people really were interested in hearing about natural dying. Though some kids thought that we were making red pasta with blod :0).


  1. Really awesome colour you got there! Remarkable that the yarn without mordant took on colour that good!

    I have dyed a lot of yarn myself but never tried madder, now I sure am to test it really soon!
    Did you put the madder in the cauldron directly with the yarn or did you pre-boil the madder to get the colour out and then add the yarn to the colur-bath?

  2. I´m really pleased also - and was happy to see that the yarn without took the colour that it did.

    I just put all the wool and the madder in at the same time and heated it up to around 60-70 celsius (it was over a fire so I can´t say the excact temperature)

  3. natural dying is the best way and it has produced a nice color