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Fungi Dye: Hapolopilus Rutilans

Hapilopilus rutilans Mushroom Dye
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Hapalopilus rutilans
FI: Okrakaapa
SW: lysticka

Hapalopilus Rutilans Fungi Dyed Yarn
Hapalopilus Rutilans Fungi Dyed Yarn

Alum Mordant

3 litres water
25 grams alum
10 grams cream of Tartar
Bring to boil and then let cool
100 gram wool yarn tied in skein
Rinse the clean washed yarn in cool water
Add the yarn into the cool mordant bath and bring it to 80-90 C degrees
Simmer for 1 hour
Remove and let cool

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Fungi Dye Bath

Cut the mushroom into small pieces with a knife
50 grams dried mushrooms
5 litres wate
Bring to boil and simmer for 2-3 hours
Let dyebath cool
Strain the liquid and store the cooked mushrooms. They can be used again in an afterbath
Add mordanted yarn to strained dyebath liquid
Return to heat and simmer for 1 hour at 80-90 degrees Celsius
Remove the yarn from the dyebath
Add 50 ML ammonia to the dyebath
When using ammonia take precautions and wear protective gloves
Also avoid getting too close to the dyebath and breathing in the fumes

Test with litmus paper or a digital pH tester
The dyebath should be about 7 pH
Stir well
Add the yarn back into the dyebath
It should change colour to a violet or reddish shade
Let simmer for about another hour
In our sample dyebath we had problems keeping the pH level at around 7. So we had to remove the yarn a few times and add more ammonia
Remove from heat source and let cool
Rinse in water that is of similar temperature as dyebath to avoid shocking the yarn and causing felting to occur.

Mordants
How to Make an Alum Mordant
How to Scour and Mordant Cotton and Linen

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Eucalyptus Dye

Having read India Flint’s wonderful book on eco colour and printing, I discovered that you can get some beautiful natural dyes using Eucalyptus leaves. So during a recent holiday in Corfu, I gathered a bag full of Eucalyptus leaves from the trees that were growing along the roadsides and thought I would give it a try.
The leaves had dried out by the time I started this project. So I sprayed them with a bit of water to moisten them. Then I layed the leaves out onto one side of a silk scarf that I had dampened with water.

Eucalyptus Dye on Silk
Eucalyptus Dye on Silk

When I had spread out all the Eucalyptus leaves, I turned the scarf over to cover the leaves.

Eucalyptus Dye on Silk
Eucalyptus Dye on Silk

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I then rolled the scarf around a cardboard tube.

Eucalyptus Leaf Dye on Silk
Eucalyptus Leaf Dye on Silk

I tightly wrapped the dye package with linen yarn so that all of the bundle was covered.

Eucalyptus Leaf Dye
Eucalyptus Leaf Dye

I then placed the silk scarf dye package into a dyepot and let it simmer for a few hours – no mordant was used. Then I turned the heat off and put a lid onto the pot.
It can take several days for all of the colour to disperse from the Eucalyptus leaves and to imprint onto the silk fabric.
I let this dyepot sit untouched for about 3 weeks. The dypeot will get a bit smelly as the dye ferments, so it is best to leave it outside while the dye matures.

Eucalyptus Leaf Dye
Eucalyptus Leaf Dye

The Eucalyptus dye project looks very hopeful as I begin to unwrap the scarf. The linen yarn that I wrapped the dye package with has a nice colour.

Eucalyptus Dye on Silk
Eucalyptus Dye on Silk
Eucalyptus Dyed Silk Scarf
Eucalyptus Dyed Silk Scarf

It worked! I am quite happy with the result 🙂

Eucalyptus Leaf Dyed Silk Scarf
Eucalyptus Leaf Dyed Silk Scarf

There is still quite a bit of dye colour in the dyebath, so I think I will try to reuse the dyebath and dye something else.

Eucalyptus Dyed Scarf
Eucalyptus Dyed Scarf
Eucalyptus Dyed Scarf on Etsy

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Natural Dye Books
Eco Colour: Botanical Dyes for Beautiful Textiles

Handmade Adjustable Floor Rag Rug Twining Loom 48" x 27.5"

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Natural Dyes Logwood: bllogwood

Logwood Natural Dye
Haematoxylum campechianum
Logwood comes from a tree native to the West Indies and the Yucatan Peninsula. The heartwood yields a dye that gives pinks, blues, purples and greens depending on the mordants.
logwood dye
Time Required:
12 hours

Logwood Dyed Crochet Cotton Yarn
Logwood Dyed Crochet Cotton Yarn
  • Use clean, premordanted wool or yarn.
  • Measure the Logwood chips or sawdust (25% – 50% WOG) into a nylon stocking and into small dish.
  • Add water and allow to sit overnight.
  • The dyebath should be purplish-red. If it is brown, add washing soda, a teaspoon at a time, until the dyebath turns purple-red.
  • Pour the stocking and the water into dyepot filled with hot water and simmer for 1 hour.
  • Add premordanted fibre or yarn into the dyepot and simmer for 1 hour.
  • Allow the dyepot to cool.Remove the fibre or yarn from the dyepot, rinse and let dry.
  • Remove the fibre or yarn from the dyepot, rinse and let dry.

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Tips:

  • Try alum or tin premordants.
  • You can reuse the exhaust dyebaths to create other colours.
  • Try overdyeing with Osage Orange for greens, or with Saxon blue Indigo for dark blues.

Logwood Dyed Tote Bag
Logwood Dyed Tote Bag

Look for naturally dyed tote bags in my SpinFlora shop on Etsy.

More Natural Dye Recipes
Sandalwood
Osage Orange
Logwood
Cochineal
Mushroom Dyes
Tin Mordant
Alum Mordant
More Natural Dye Recipes

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Natural Dye Books
Harvesting Color: How to Find Plants and Make Natural Dyes
Harvesting Color: How to Find Plants and Make Natural Dyes
Natural Dyes
Botanical Colour at your Fingertips
A Weaver’s Garden: Growing Plants for Natural Dyes and Fibers
Eco Colour: Botanical Dyes for Beautiful Textiles
Wild Color, Revised and Updated Edition: The Complete Guide to Making and Using Natural Dyes

Handmade Adjustable Floor Rag Rug Twining Loom 48" x 27.5"

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Antique Vintage Nilus Leclerc Loom Tension Box Warp Weaving Wood

$109.99
End Date: Saturday Dec-14-2019 5:45:28 PST
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Used Nilus LeClerc Table Loom Model MEDICO # S-22-4-73-00

$325.00
End Date: Sunday Dec-15-2019 9:09:52 PST
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