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We had a great time making red/pink colors from the last workshop in Bryn Athyn. We used
madder root, cochineal and did a sample with brazil wood and used an alum mordant and an
iron buff mordant.
From left to right we used cochineal, madder (top) with alum mordant and madder
(bottom) with iron buff. Then brazil wood (top) with alum mordant and brazil wood
(bottom) with iron buff.
We tied both alum and iron mordanted pieces while we waited for the cochineal
(below images), madder and brazil wood to steep.
The best part is always unwrapping the present!
The dog of the yard was territorial of the dyed pieces.
Come play at our yellow workshop Nov. 29th!
We had a very successful and fun time dyeing blues last weekend in Bryn Athyn. We focused on using a naturally
fermenting indigo vat and also experimented with making deep blues with Logwood. Shibori and Itajime
techniques were practiced as well and the group made some great discoveries!
We recently started selling on Etsy. If you go to the shop bar above the link is also there.
There are still companies that do woad-indigo dyeing. Woad creates the indigo pigment and it is considered
by some to be a weed. Its origin is from England; Tender Co. celebrates woad in its native environment.
Tender Co. works with Woad-Inc. in Norfolk to do the actual dyeing.
Woad is not quite as strong as the indigo plant. You need more of the plant to dye with and often an increased
number of dips for a darker blue. Because it is often looked upon as a weed (particularly in the U.S.), it is easy
to pull and make your neighbors happy.
The Hillside is now working with Tender Co. to produce a woad-dyed cloth.
The past few weeks have been production time. We have been trying to get things set to sell and also get press
materials ready for our upcoming events/show. Our seedpacket/business cards are printed and ready. Below is
our plot right now. We have been consistently harvesting the marigolds to make our yellow dye and plan to
harvest our indigofera tinctoria for blue shortly.
Our dye process first requires scouring the fabric (cleaning/boiling fabric thoroughly), mordanting the fabric
(alum used in pickling often helps bond the dye to the fiber), and then dyeing the fabric. To extract the yellow
dye from the marigolds we boil them. For madder root, we briefly boil the root, then immerse the fabrics.
These are the first few shirts, there are many more to come!
the day began with collecting marigolds at frankford farm where i was delightfully greeted by this lil fella…
and a sleepy bee…
next up: the wyck house! the wyck house has a huge garden full of veggies, flowers, herbs…fruit trees…
hops…etc etc etc….amazing! but most importatnly they house CHICKENS.
ALL the members of blueredyellow were lucky enough to join photographer ty scaife at the wyck
house for an old-timey photo shoot…
and i got to play photographer too…
and to round out the afternoon, a short visit to the fall festival at greensgrow for more chickens, pumpkins,
friends, and a different sort of lil fella…
happy farmers unite:
So I dyed some shirts to get a better understanding of the way our indigo vat will work when dyeing the Fessler
USA order. Turns out the vat is incredibly healthy. I did one dip for about 40 seconds a shirt and they are all
consistent and about as dark as a normal double dip vat! Below are the test shirts.