Saturday, June 16, 2007

More Beautiful Bugs

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


Anonymous said...

Wow, Renee, those skeins are beautiful! Do you have any plans for testing the various dyes for lightfastness? Heidi

Renee said...

Good question Heidi. One of the reasons why I like Earthues natural dye extracts is because they have already been tested for light and washfastness. Most of the Earthues dyes, with a very few exceptions, are lightfast. Two exceptions that I know of are the Quebracho dyes and Logwood Purple. They become more lightfast when overdyed or used with other lightfast dyes.