Oct 11

Well, I do not have enough Logwood for Dye Day, so that one is out, but I am adding in Juniper Berries, Fustic and Annatto seeds.  I have had Annatto seeds before, but this year I am going to do it slightly different and do is as a cold dye rather than reheating it over the fires.

Juniper Berries crushed and boiled for several hours will extract the colors, then I’ll add in alum for the mordant and have an iron modifier available for those who would like to play with shifting the colors from  gold to a nice yellowish green.

Fustic with alum and an iron modifier changes the color from sunny yellow to a really sweet green, so we can give that a try.

The Annatto seeds are going to be cooked down with soda ash, let sit over night and strained out.  Then this will stay unheated for dye day.  With alum as the mordant, it will give a nice peachy-orange and with an iron modifier, it can shift to a nice orangey-brown.

The fact that these can be shifted with an iron modifier after dyeing means people can have skeins that are half one color and half another for making their own variegated yarns.

Tomorrow is cooking down day as well as set up day at the Hart/Markle farm.  It’s going to be a long day, but I am looking forward to it.

In case you want to know where I get my dye information and recipes, I basically use two books.  One is J.N. Liles’ “The Art and Craft of Natural Dyeing” and the other is Jenny Dean’s “Wild Color.” Both of these books are my favorite go-to books as the recipes are well, written and easy to follow.  Dean’s book is terrific for beginners as she explains everything someone new to natural dyes needs to know to safely get the colors one wants.  Mr. Liles’ book is more advanced and would be better for those who have experimented some and want to go deeper into the art.