Medieval Dye Pot
Join us while we explore dyestuffs used during the Medieval and
Renaissance period and some plants locally available.
We will be dying with Logwood, Brazilwood, Indigo for a period blue,
Madder root or Cochineal for a period red, Weld, Onion skin or
Fustic for a period yellow, walnut hulls for a period brown and if
we are lucky, black.
And the many combinations that are possible from these.
For fun we may include carrot tops, dandelions, Tumeric (the
possible source of the Irish "saffron" Leine) and others depending
on how many pots we can keep hot at one time.
1-day workshop fee: $40/student
All that is necessary for the workshop is provided.
Students may bring up to one pound of additional clean fleece,
handspun yarns or hand-woven fabric samples to experiment with. (All
materials must be pre-washed.)
Students should also bring: note-taking materials, sharp scissors,
a fine-tipped BLACK "Sharpie" permanent marker and rubber gloves
that fit you confortably. (blue hands may be funny but not so great
to live with for a month)
The workshop sequence:
AM: start dye pots, mordant fibers, Learn the necessary safety
steps, Learn basics of natural dyeing and discuss some of the
history of medieval dyes.
Lunch: A stew and bread, pot luck contributions are welcome.
PM: enter yarns, fibers, modify with vinegar, ammonia, or others
Instructor Provided Materials:
Mordants: alum, iron, copper
Modifiers: vinegar, ammonia, chalk
Auxiliaries: lye, (thiox), washing soda, tin, chrome
Dyestuffs: *brazilwood (pink, maroon, red) for a period blue;
indigo, for a period yellow; weld, fustic wood, onion skin or
tumeric, for a period red; madder root or cochineal, for a period
brown and maybe black; walnut hulls.
Fabrics: wool, silk, (fleece, fabric & yarn)
Tools: Enameled, Aluminum, Copper & Iron pots, stir sticks, (rubber
gloves) and as many propane stoves I can borrow.