natural dyes @ the fibre garden
Brazilwood, Extract
Sawdust or extract from a tropical tree, Caesalpinia punctata. This species is from southeast Asia and is not the endangered species native to Brazil but still produces good, rich colours. It is also called Sappanwood or Eastern Brazilwood. Use on protein or cellulose fibres. Best with a premordant. A classic dye that gives rich crimson, purple or pink, depending on the mordant. Brazilwood is very generous and, although expensive, a dyebath can yield up to 7 or 8 successive dips. Have plenty of fibre prepared, soaked and ready! Light and washfastness is rated as average. SAWDUST: Use at 20-100% WOF for medium to strong shades. Soak in water and/or rubbing alcohol for a few hours. Spread on a tray to air overnight. Add to water and simmer 1 hour. Cool and strain. Observe dyebath colour. If it leans towards scarlet-orange, stir in a teaspoon of Soda Ash to push the pH higher and change the dyebath to more of a purple-red. Add small amounts of Soda Ash until this happens. Enter premordanted fibre to dye liquor and simmer 1 hour. EXTRACT: Approximately 6 times stronger than sawdust or chips. Use at 20-50% WOF for medium to strong shades. Dissolve in hot tap water and add to dyepot. Adjust pH with Soda Ash as outlined above. Enter premordanted fibre to dye liquor and simmer 1 hour.
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natural dyes @ the fibre garden
Brazilwood, Sawdust
Sawdust or extract from a tropical tree, Caesalpinia punctata. This species is from southeast Asia and is not the endangered species native to Brazil but still produces good, rich colours. It is also called Sappanwood or Eastern Brazilwood. Use on protein or cellulose fibres. Best with a premordant. A classic dye that gives rich crimson, purple or pink, depending on the mordant. Brazilwood is very generous and, although expensive, a dyebath can yield up to 7 or 8 successive dips. Have plenty of fibre prepared, soaked and ready! Light and washfastness is rated as average. SAWDUST: Use at 20-100% WOF for medium to strong shades. Soak in water and/or rubbing alcohol for a few hours. Spread on a tray to air overnight. Add to water and simmer 1 hour. Cool and strain. Observe dyebath colour. If it leans towards scarlet-orange, stir in a teaspoon of Soda Ash to push the pH higher and change the dyebath to more of a purple-red. Add small amounts of Soda Ash until this happens. Enter premordanted fibre to dye liquor and simmer 1 hour. EXTRACT: Approximately 6 times stronger than sawdust or chips. Use at 20-50% WOF for medium to strong shades. Dissolve in hot tap water and add to dyepot. Adjust pH with Soda Ash as outlined above. Enter premordanted fibre to dye liquor and simmer 1 hour.
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Corriedale Blush
Corriedale Blush
Ashford renamed this in 2018, formerly known as "Skin". A very useful tone of very soft ivory pink. Dyed 30 micron Corriedale wool top from Ashford of New Zealand.
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Corriedale Candy Floss
Corriedale Candy Floss
Soft but not whussy pink, a rose pink rather than baby pink. Dyed 30 micron Corriedale wool top from Ashford of New Zealand.
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dyed corriedale wool @ The Fibre Garden
Corriedale Cupcake
A lovely soft pink. Dyed 30 micron Corriedale wool top from Ashford of New Zealand.
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Corriedale Fluoro Pink
Corriedale Fluoro Pink
NEW December 2015. Eye-popping pink, almost exactly the colour of a pink highlighter pen. One of five new colours in fluorescent tones. Dyed 30 micron Corriedale wool top from Ashford of New Zealand.
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Corriedale Magenta
Corriedale Magenta
Deep and rich magenta purple-pink. Looks very retro 70s with Lime. Dyed 30 micron Corriedale wool top from Ashford of New Zealand.
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Corriedale Marshmallow
Corriedale Marshmallow
Lovely dusty rose. Dyed 30 micron Corriedale wool top from Ashford of New Zealand.
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Corriedale Orchid
Corriedale Orchid
Medium orchid purple, almost the shade of Thrills gum! 2014 Pantone Colour of the Year. Dyed 30 micron Corriedale wool top from Ashford of New Zealand.
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Corriedale Pansy
Corriedale Pansy
Screaming hot pink. We have never seen a pansy this colour... we don't believe they exist. Dyed 30 micron Corriedale wool top from Ashford of New Zealand.
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Cotton Top – Cyclamen
Cotton Top – Cyclamen
100% Cotton. True to name, this is a medium cyclamen pink. PRODUCT of ITALY
$6.00$24.52 Select options
Fine Merino – Azalea
Fine Merino – Azalea
100% fine 19-micron Merino wool. Beautiful and clean combed top. Glowing bright azalea pink, a pleasing warm rose-pink that leans slightly to coral. PRODUCT of ITALY, from Dyeing House Gallery.
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Fine Merino – Dusty Pink
Fine Merino – Dusty Pink
100% fine 19-micron Merino wool. Beautiful and clean combed top. Sort of a medium-soft raspberry rose tone. PRODUCT of ITALY, from Dyeing House Gallery.
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19 micron merino wool
Fine Merino – Lipstick
100% fine 19-micron Merino wool. Beautiful and clean combed top. Clear and bright medium pink, more fuchsia than our Rose colourway. PRODUCT of ITALY, from Dyeing House Gallery.
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Fine Merino – Powder
Fine Merino – Powder
100% fine 19-micron Merino wool. Beautiful and clean combed top. Lovely soft shell-pink tone. PRODUCT of ITALY, from Dyeing House Gallery.
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Fine Merino – Rose
Fine Merino – Rose
100% fine 19-micron Merino wool. Beautiful and clean combed top. Bright shrub-rose pink. Could be called magenta, more of a purplish-pink than our Lipstick colourway. PRODUCT of ITALY, from Dyeing House Gallery.
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Fine Merino – Rouge
Fine Merino – Rouge
100% fine 19-micron Merino wool. Beautiful and clean combed top. A hard-to-describe colour! Very much the shade of rouge our grandmothers wore, sort of a pinky-coral. PRODUCT of ITALY, from Dyeing House Gallery.
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Logwood, Chips
Logwood, Chips
Dried and cured chips from a tropical tree, Haematoxylum campechianum. Use on protein or cellulose fibres. Pre-mordanting essential. Produces dramatic pink, blue, maroon and purple to black shades. Use at 20-50% WOF for medium shades. TO USE: place chips in a stocking and soak overnight in cold water. Bring to a simmer for 1 hour, cool and remove stocking. Enter premordanted fibre and simmer for 1 hour. Bath may be used for successive dips, and by the 3rd or 4th dip the colours being yielded change to golds, greens or browns. Light and washfastness: average. Keep dyed fibres away from bright light. NEW: Logwood Extract: this has already been soaked out then reduced down to a powder. It's expensive but very strong and super convenient. Simply weigh out the extract at around 10% weight of fibre for medium shades, or adjust for darker or lighter. Dissolve in a measuring cup with hot (but not boiling) water, add to your dyepot with water, mix well, add your fibre and simmer for an hour.
$9.21$37.69 Select options