Dye Recipes

Haskap can be used to produce a variety of colours in animal fibre.  The outcomes will vary based on: the state and dilution of the dye, the fibre used, the water characteristics, the metallurgy of the dye pot, the type of mordant, the time the material spends in the various stages, etc..

With the exception of the skein on the left (natural), all of these other five were dyed using haskap berries…

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Left to right: raw skein, no mordant, washed/aluminum sulfate mordant, unwashed/aluminum sulfate mordant, unwashed/sodium sulfate mordant, washed/aluminum sulfate mordant/haskap wine as dye 

From left to right these 4 oz. skeins are:

1- (far left) Washed in pH neutral soap in cool reverse osmosis water, rinse, squeeze drained, air dried (100% Merino wool)

2 – (second from left) Unwashed, no mordant, placed directly into room temperature dye, slowly increased to simmer, simmered 1/2 hour, allowed to cool, removed, squeeze drained, air dried

3 – (third from left) Washed with detergent in cool reverse osmosis water, rinsed, 1/2 hour simmer in aluminum sulfate mordant, squeeze drained, air dried, placed directly into room temperature dye, slowly increased to simmer, simmered 1/2 hour, allowed to cool, removed, squeeze drained, air dried

4 – (third from right) Unwashed, 1/2 hour simmer in aluminum sulfate mordant, squeeze drained, air dried, placed directly into room temperature dye, slowly increased to simmer, simmered 1/2 hour, allowed to cool, removed, squeeze drained, air dried

5 – (second from right) Unwashed, 1/2 hour simmer in sodium sulfate mordant, squeeze drained, air dried, placed directly into room temperature dye, slowly increased to simmer, simmered 1/2 hour, allowed to cool, removed, squeeze drained, air dried

6 – (far right) Washed in detergent, rinsed, 1/2 hour simmer in aluminum sulfate mordant, squeeze drained, air dried, placed directly into room temperature dye, slowly increased to simmer, simmered 1/2 hour, allowed to cool, removed, squeeze drained, air dried

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