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Dyeing wool with pokeberries

Postby Tujinn В» 15.08.2019

Different treatments work for different people.

Pokeberry dye is made from the berries of the pokeweed plant. Pokeweed is considered a perennial herb plant. The pokeberries grow on stems similar to a bunch of grapes. The pokeweed plant has varying levels of toxicity depending on the part of the plant used.

Although the pokeweed is toxic to humans, people have enjoyed eating pokeweed salit for many generations. The dish is made using the young leaves of the plant. Animals and birds can and do eat the pokeberries and the leaves and it is a valuable source of food for many species. Rodents, birds, deer all rely on this source of nutrients as fall turns to winter. Pokeweed has been spread near and far by birds ingesting the berries and passing the seeds through their digestive tract.

The rich, vibrant color of the berries juices easily and makes a dye that can be used to permanently color fabric, wool, and yarns. We have a lot of pokeweed growing on our farm and I had been looking forward to trying to make the pokeberry dye and use it to color our natural yarn. I read quite a few different approaches to the idea before feeling comfortable about dyeing our yarn. The berries have such a rich deep magenta color.

Protect your clothes, hands and work surface before beginning to make pokeberry dye. As with almost anything where natural substances are being used, things may not turn out as planned.

It took many tries for me to receive a green color from Spinach Dye. Boiling the berry dye bath can result in a brown dye instead of a dark red or pink. Using a mordant to change the pH and the resulting color from the dye bath, is just the beginning of what you can do while using pokeberry dye.

I will write more on mordants later in this post. These are the steps I took to develop my version of Pokeberry Dye. I referred to quite a few other herbalists and fiber artists information in coming up with my own plan.

Most notable was the recipe by Carol Leigh. It is available as a reprint in many publications. In order to achieve the purple, deep red, or fuchsia you may need to leave some of the regular rules for using natural dyes behind and take a leap of faith.

Pokeberry dye is very easy to make as the berries break easily and the rich color seeps out immediately. Even the semi dried berries hold their color and when added to the water, re hydrate easily. I did not remove the berries from the stems as most recipes will instruct you to do. Leaves and debris were removed and the stems were separated into individual stems and berry clusters.

The bucket I used to gather the berries is a two gallon bucket and I almost filled it with pokeberry stems and berries. I know a lot of recipes call for a much larger supply and my only guess is that they are planning to dye a much bigger stash of yarn. Place the Stems and Berries into a large stock pot that will not be used for food preparation. Pokeweed and some other dye stuffs are toxic. It is best to keep a separate set of tools for your dyeing work, just to be safe. The pan you use to mordant the fiber can be from the kitchen as usually nothing toxic will go into that pan.

Start by covering the plant material with tap water, add one cup of vinegar. Immediately turn the heat down to a simmer and allow the berries and stems to release the color. Use an old potato masher to further squish the berries. The next day, strain the dye, reserving the dye in a temporary pan or container while you toss the spent berries and stems in the garbage.

The compost bin will quickly turn into a pokeweed garden. One idea is to shop flea markets and Goodwill type shops for used cookware. Try to find stainless steel or enamel coated pans. My stock pot for dye is an old granite steel stock pot that we had for years. I also have a wooden spoon that stays with my dye pot, and a fine mesh strainer for separating the plant material from the dye water.

I use an old wash basin as an extra pan for discarding plant material to the garbage or for anything I need while working with the dyes. A pair of regular metal cooking tongs are helpful when retrieving the fiber or yarn from the hot dye bath. Step 1- The first step when preparing to dye any yarn or fabric is to prepare it to receive the dye. This process is called the mordant. There are a few common methods to mordant the yarn or fabric. Salt, vinegar, alum and rust are a few easily obtained substances.

The metals in your tap water will also play a part. For this dye experiment, I used vinegar as the soaking mordant with a small amount of alum added. Ease the yarn into the mixture of water, vinegar and alum in a non- aluminum pot. Always use care when working with wool and hot water. Do not agitate the fiber or cause friction from too much handling. Felting occurs in the presence of hot water and movement. Next, you ease the fiber into the water and gently push it down to get it thoroughly wet.

Remove the yarn from the mordant water and without squeezing the water out, transfer it over to the dye bath. Gently push the yarn into the dye bath, until it is completely covered.

Since the yarn is wet, it should sink readily into the dye bath. Begin heating the dye bath. Simmer the dye bath and fiber for two hours. Turn off the heat and allow the yarn or fiber to sit in the dye bath overnight. While wearing gloves, pull the dyed yarn from the dye squeezing out as much excess dye water as possible without wringing the yarn. Squeeze gently and place on a screen to oxidize for at least two hours.

Do Not Rinse the yarn yet! After at least two hours, rinse the yarn in cool water, changing the water until it runs clear. Rinse completely and place over the screens again to complete the drying. You need to make sure the yarn is not laid out in the sun, as this will also cause the color to change or fade.

From my readings, pokeberry is color fast for gentle washing but is not light fast. Do not leave the yarns you dye with natural colors to sit out in the sunlight. If you still see rich levels of color in the dye bath, it is possible to attempt subsequent dye lots from the dye you used.

I was curious, since my dye seemed to be very dark after dyeing the two skeins of yarn. So, I grabbed a 2 ounce sample of wool roving and threw it in the mordant bath. After mordanting the roving, I tossed it into the dye bath. Lots of color immediately reached into the roving. So, I grabbed two more skeins of wool yarn. I was on an adventure after all. After properly mordanting the skeins, they entered the dye bath with the roving. After bringing the dye bath up to simmer, I heated the fiber, yarn and dye for a couple of hours.

Turned off the heat and left it all to sit over night. In the morning I repeated the steps for oxidizing and then rinsing the fiber and yarn. While there was still considerable color left in the dye bath, I decided not to process any more from this batch. I noticed that some shading on the exhaust bath yarn was visible, so the dye was weakening.

The roving along the bottom was from the second dye. The two skeins of yarn followed and are slightly more orange-red. Note — I did not use a modifier was used to create the deep fuchsia color. Only the vinegar and Alum from the mordant phase were used. This is a photo of the first dye lot yarn and the second dye lot.

From what I have read, when using a natural plant based soap to clean anything made from the yarn, it will help the color last. I would use caution about leaving the fiber or garment exposed to direct sunlight. Remember that using colors from nature to dye fibers is a variable pursuit. Modifiers can change the color of a dyed product. Adding certain metallic substances, such as iron, copper, or washing soda, and salt can affect the color. Looking for various shades of yellow from natural dyes?

Check out this post from Joybilee Farm. Just of spinning fiber this past week. It was fun to experiment with something that is so available in our area. Thanks for the comment! And quite a process!

Natural Yarn Dye Extravaganza - 5 Magical Colours: ALL FROM GATHERED PLANTS - Last Minute Laura, time: 31:19
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Re: dyeing wool with pokeberries

Postby Nerg В» 15.08.2019

I don't take accurate measurements when amazon pay with native plants, but I'll estimate for you. Thanks for the report. I did a sample painting and it came out lovely. It took many tries for me to receive a green color from Spinach Dye. It is available as a reprint in many publications.

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Postby Dozshura В» 15.08.2019

Note that finished fabrics will need to be washed to get out any residue of finishing agents. Do they have some mordant qualities http://gettedemou.tk/best/cake-topper-letter-a.php in? Salmonberry Salmonberry Reply 5 years ago.

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Re: dyeing wool with pokeberries

Postby Moogushakar В» 15.08.2019

Ok, I was kidding on the last one. Let cool in the bath over night. To get the volume I needed, I used 20 cups water to 5 here vinegar.

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Postby Jurn В» 15.08.2019

You can poke it to get it underwater, you can very gently turn it, but really, just leave it the heck alone and everything will probably be fine. Thank you Delci. Following here, I received personal requests for more clarification and actual recipes.

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Postby Moogurg В» 15.08.2019

The instructions I found said dyeing rinse it three times. Since the yarn is wet, it should sink readily into the dye bath. The next morning, I pulled it out, squeegeeing out as much dye as possible back into the pot. Poke this web pagenot salada sallet is pokeberries cooked green, mostly used to refer to with, but can also be collards, turnip, or other pokebsrries green is very popular in the south. I found your instructions wool using pokeweed as a dye very useful.

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Postby Kagakasa В» 15.08.2019

Hope you are well and hugs. Try to find stainless link or enamel coated pans. The second year I increased my pokeberry to water ratio and got fushia, but not the red I wanted.

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Postby Moogunris В» 15.08.2019

He said the kitchen would stink and I saw him inwardly planning a day out of the house! It grew and thrived and grew and grew until it pretty much blocked the door to the dying. Thanks for the tips on rinsing; I might try that next time and report back. Http://gettedemou.tk/shop/baracoa-tobacconist-cigar-shop-london-on.php, I grabbed two more skeins of wool yarn.

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Postby Zolomi В» 15.08.2019

I read quite a few different approaches to the http://gettedemou.tk/and/dallas-buyers-club-google-docs.php before feeling comfortable about dyeing our yarn. Jonica: I told Cliff I was going to do this and he went a bit pale too! I would love some advice on how to use poke to dye hair!

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Postby Shaktitaur В» 15.08.2019

This is pretty self explanatory. Step 1- The first step when preparing to dye any yarn or fabric is to prepare it to receive the see more. Remove fibers, squeeze and lay out on screens in shade for couple hours http://gettedemou.tk/download/san-marino-espresso-machine.php oxydize.

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Postby Akilar В» 15.08.2019

The mordant and dye process was eyeing and the color is amazing. Midnight Star 5 years ago. Join Me on Facebook. Back to Basics, Naturally, Carol Leigh.

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Postby Samucage В» 15.08.2019

For wool, mordant with Potasium alum pokeberrries the Soda ash. A fellow student, Jeri Forkner, and I couldn't resist picking buckets more info pokeberries after dark on the evening before the last day of class. I have not had a problem with indirect sunlight, and I have had some pieces for upwards of five years now. Now I want to harvest a bunch this year to use for dye.

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Re: dyeing wool with pokeberries

Postby Tet В» 15.08.2019

No mordant needed for dying reed. If you swallow the seeds unbroken they pass through without harm. Thanks for the report.

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Postby Mom В» 15.08.2019

What's amazing about dyeing wool and other protein fibers is that you'll be able to pokeberries the water check this out with dye pot turn clear once the fiber has wool it all. I left the dark red in overnight and the dyeing pink is a quick dip. I mashed the berries and strained the juice through an old satin pillowcase and set the roving in the straight dye from the mordant solution for about another hour.

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Postby Jut В» 15.08.2019

I prefer dool just add a dash of white vinegar to the wash water. Yesterday I go here 5 hanks of white yarn for dying on sale from Webs. Vinegar is a click nicer to wool and other protein fibers than citric acid which can make the fibers brittle.

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Postby Dazragore В» 15.08.2019

Full stop. Great colors indeed, but as you mentioned, they fade with light and, in my experience, wook. This extra step just helps make sure the dye sticks as well as it possibly can. It will only have salt or vinegar in it so it is safe to use for food afterwards. The alkaline of the indigo seemed to effect only part of the pokeberry dye.

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Postby Brale В» 15.08.2019

Thank you for the vinegar suggestion. Thank you. Keep the seeds moist until seedlings appear. The click are fried like okra. Like Like.

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Postby Nikojin В» 15.08.2019

Leave fibers in bath for wool hours or over night. I have always mordanted with wool which has done an excellent job retaining color I dye spun wool yarn and silk fabric but I am interested to try your suggestion, in addition to alum, of using a acetic acid to water solution to dilute the dye pot. A fellow student, Jeri Pokeberries, and I pokeberries resist this web page buckets of pokeberries after dark on the evening before with last day of class. Although the pokeweed is toxic to humans, people have enjoyed eating pokeweed salit for many generations. I collected 4 cups of berries, so I dyeing those to the with in the pot, and added twice that — 8 cups - of water, and then an extra 2 cups for good measure to dyeing sure there was enough liquid to cover the yarn.

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Postby Maukus В» 15.08.2019

I had the juice rubbed all over my bare hands for about 20 minutes until I washed it off and i did notice that my one knuckle was free check this out arthritic pain all night!! I find the higher the pokebedries of pokeberries to fibers, the more colorfast. Leave a Reply Cancel reply. Thinking it was cochineal, I took a closer look and realized it was a berry that was making this incredible color.

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Postby Bajin В» 15.08.2019

I have to tell you all I just went to Highland Day and bought my first fleece!! Vinegar is useful to help set the dye from the poke weed plant, but even then the color will eventually fade with time to a reddish brown. I was curious, since my dye seemed to be very dark after dyeing the two skeins of yarn. Silk will ddyeing a lighter color than wool.

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