From: Bjo Trimble [mailto:bjotrimble@...
Sent: Wednesday, November 30, 2005 10:00 PM
To: Killienne Gibson-Thomas
Subject: RE: [Authentic_SCA] dye change
I'm not on this list, so please forward my answer to one and all, or
just the person who asked. Either which, as my mentally challenged
daughter, Lady Kathryn, says.
No, you don't need to wash the alum mordant out before dyeing -
actually, all the alum that the wool will absorb is now more or less a
permanent part of it. Commercial dyes won't even know it's there.
However, be careful dyeing wool yardage because it can felt fairly fast.
This is caused by the washing machine agitation and drastic changes in
temperature. So if you start out with room temperature dye-water (for
example) then you can bring the dye-water to boiling but you have to let
it cool to room temperature again if rinsing with room temperature
water. Make sense?
I can help with suggestions on how to dye yardage but it's a long
message so Dianora might like to consult with me off-list. Otherwise,
I'll probably bore everyone else to tears.
Also, there are wonderful ways to use cochineal without wasting it that
I'll gladly share.
I do hope she's not planning on using Rit, which is more a nasty stain
than a real dye. She should get a good fiber reactive dye.
I know nothing of this list - I very much enjoy historical dye research
but I'm not a fanatic about it, and get rather tired of those who want
me to be. Is this a fun group of people or are they deadly serious?
SCA: Maestra Flavia Beatrice Carmigniani, OL, OP
Dye & Fiber Retreat Report: http://www.griffindyeworks.com
Blue Nails Dyers Guild: http://www.bluenailsguild.org
From: Killienne Gibson-Thomas [mailto:kgibsonthomas@...
Sent: Wednesday, November 30, 2005 2:24 PM
To: Bjo Trimble
Subject: FW: [Authentic_SCA] dye change
I don't know if you are on this list, but this seemed right up your
alley. So I am forwarding it to you for your sage advice. I know if
anyone knows this, you do!
] On Behalf Of Sahrye
Sent: Wednesday, November 30, 2005 1:11 PM
Subject: [Authentic_SCA] dye change
I saw the fairly recent thread on natural dyeing on this list and
wanted to ask the list a dyeing question. I have 6 yrds of wool that
I was planning to dye with cochineal. I mordanted it with alum, let
it dry and stashed it away. I was originally intending to somehow try
to evenly dye it in a trash bin (not sure how that was going to work -
anyone have a better idea for large amounts of fabric?) Anyway, I
decided it will be more difficult than i really want to try and now I
want to dye it with commercial dye in a machine (and leave the
cochineal for some silk). Do I need to wash out the mordant before I
try to dye it?
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