On Sunday we painted yarn and roving with these colors and a few more like cutch for brown, logwood grey for gray tones (yes, the dye is spelled with an ey; I had to check because it looked odd to me). We also set up an indigo pot. Indigo is magic. It is a murky dark liquid that you dip into. The fiber comes out yellowish and turns blue as it is exposed to oxygen. Darker blues are achieved by multiple dips into the pot.
Here are some of the vat dyed rovings hanging to dry. (As always, click for a larger image.) From the left: fustic (yellow with a slight greenish cast), osage orange (clear yellow), madder (orange), lac (raspberry), cochineal (pink), and a few indigo pieces on the right. The colors are so rich and luscious.
This is some of the fiber overdyed with indigo. I love the big cochineal roving (Rambouillet) dipped half way to get a wonderful purple. To the right of the Rambouillet is superwash Merino vat dyed in a yellow and dipped in indigo. It makes the most amazing greens. To the left of the Rambouillet is more Ramboulliet in yellow dipped half way in indigo.
We also dipped some of the vat dyed colors from Saturday. Here are all of the colors with the base color on the right and the dipped color on the left. Plain indigo is at the bottom. My picture doesn't do the colors justice; they are a bit brighter and
richer. The murkiness you see can be attributed to my photographic skills
(or lack thereof).
As you can see the greens from fustic and osage are not much different (at this saturation at least). Madder and indigo makes a warm chocolate brown. Cochineal and lac overdyed with indigo both make purples. The cochineal makes violet to true purple and the lac makes more of a plum color.
I love the richness that you get with natural dyes. Synthetic dyes make beautiful colors, but they don't have the same depth. I imagine it is because natural dye stuffs contain more than one dye; you are actually using a collection of dyes all created by the one plant or bug. Madder is a great example. You can get peach to bright orange to red to rust to burnt orange depending on concentration, ph, temperature and length of time in the dye bath. Each dyeing experience is an adventure.
Speaking of Brooke, I saw her puppies yesterday and they have grown so large. Since she isn't showing them off, I will.