Haskap Dye / No Mordant

The berries of haskap plants can produce electrifying colours.  These are readily passed on to many animal fibres.  Straight haskap used on plant fibre initially dyes red, but will fade to a pale blue upon being washed, even with a mordant.  The same is true on animal fibre if applied without a mordant as seen on the skein that is second to the left.

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Fresh berries:

Place enough berries in a stainless steel pot to the height required to cover your unwound skein.  Add soft water to almost cover berries.  Bring to a light boil and then simmer for 1/2 hour.  Crush berries.  Pour through a fine sieve.  Add skein and bring back to a simmer.  Simmer 1/2 hour.  Allow skein to cool in liquid.  Remove.  Squeeze dry.  Hang to dry.  Once dry, rinse in cool, soft water.  Squeeze dry.  Hang to dry.  Alternatively you may use a pH neutral soap (e.g. Woolite) to wash your hank in cool water and then thoroughly rinse it.

Haskap Dye:

Pour dye into pot.  Add an equal amount of water.  Add skein and bring back to a simmer.  Simmer 1/2 hour.  Allow skein to cool in liquid.  Remove.  Squeeze dry.  Hang to dry.  Once dry, rinse in cool, soft water.  Squeeze dry.  Hang to dry.  Alternatively you may use a pH neutral soap (e.g. Woolite) to wash your hank in cool water and then thoroughly rinse it.

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