Friday, November 23, 2007

northern red dye/ cortinarius sanguinea

Awoke this morning to frost on the roses, a sure sign that we had better go mushroom picking before they were all mush....pardon the pun...dh took the rose photo, so beautiful with that frosty edge...then off gathering for a couple of hours...didn't find much at first and were on our way back when we strolled into a field of chantrelles.Now that is sweet...
More dyeing and getting a slightly darker colour this time, need even more concentrated dye bath...these were cashmere silk, and silk/merino and the cashmere in the center and the silk/merino on right were put in a dye bath and left on the stove for about l5 minutes, then lifted and poured in alum and cream of tartar. The skeins had not been premordanted...after a half hour on the stove they were removed and the one on the left put in to exhaust the rest of the dye.. even though they are very muted the nice thing about natural dyes is they are all very cohesive shades and work well together...I love this feature.



3 comments:

frenchette said...

Yet more great colors, the rose looks beautifull

Jamielyse said...

Wow! Incredible colours, Makes me want to knit. Mushrooms can give so many beautiful colours and also be so delicious. We'll keep checking.

Leena said...

I have to admire again the lustre in the silk, it compliments the pastel colors so well.
What are you going to make from them.. or do you sell them?