I’ve been trying out different natural dyes using similar materials. This time I tried alkanet roots and logwood with and without iron.
Here are the alkanet roots before preparation which took two days to get ready to use.
The logwood also had to be prepared ahead of time.
Again, I used mordanted corriedale and merino roving, mulberry silk, wool yarn, silk habotai and silk gauze as I did in my previous post https://feltingandfiberstudio.com/2016/06/28/playing-with-natural-dyes-part-1/
According to some of the charts I saw on the colors to expect from the alkanet roots, it could be anything from gray to deep purple. I had also read it was possible for blues or even red. As you can see from the pot, there was a light purple tinge to the water. The dye liquor was definitely dark purple but then it was diluted with the water.
The result was a silver gray. For all the experiments I leave the pot to cool overnight to get the most color. This was a lot less than i expected, but its a pretty color.
The next step was to add iron to the pot with another set of materials.
The top picture is wet, the bottom is dry. So, I now have silver and gold colors.
Next was the logwood. From all the pictures I’d seen and roving Cathy had dyed in Arkansas I thought I would get some type of purple. It looked pale in the pot.
So, I was surprised when it dried and it was more of a taupe color. But surprises are half the fun! Then I added iron and did another batch.
The darker ones on the bottom are with the iron and its more of a charcoal color.
Again, these are all experiments and results can vary depending on water, temperature, etc. While I had a little different expectations, I’m not unhappy with the results. I can always overdye.
What have your experiences with natural dyeing been?