This is Lac, both extract and Sticklac. The top row is the extract and the bottom row is the Sticklac. Remember the picture in a previous post of the ugly stuff in the grinder? This is what it produces.The picture to the right is a close up of the Sticklac. The three skeins on the far right have been modified with iron. Again, it is a challenge to get the colors I see onto the computer. Everything has a red base to it. The colors just glow. The light and medium DOS are pretty close so again, I would spread the dye percentages a bit further apart. Dyeing is a lot like cooking. When trying something new I pretty much follow the recipe, the next time I try it though, I start tinkering or improving. After straining the Sticklac, I saved all the residue and have steeped it again with more citric acid. I have some natural colored wool boucle yarn I am going to try the re-used Sticklac again to see if I can coax more color out. Just another side path.
Here on the left is a close up of Lac extract. The colors are more purple but definitely different than the Cochineal purples I was getting. The iron modifies the purple to dull bluer purples.
Today I hope to get a double burner to add to my dye kitchen to get through the dyes a bit faster. I have a long way to go and it is already the middle of June!
More pictures of the next dyepot results tomorrow. -Renee