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.
$19.25$63.00 Select options
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 Amethyst
Corriedale Amethyst
This is a rich, somewhat muted dark plum-purple. Dyed 30 micron Corriedale wool top from Ashford of New Zealand.
$5.50$42.45 Select options
Corriedale Grape Jelly
Corriedale Grape Jelly
An excellent medium purple that is extremely popular with our customers. Dyed 30 micron Corriedale wool top from Ashford of New Zealand.
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Corriedale Lavender
Corriedale Lavender
Soft mauve-purple, looks great blended with Ice. Dyed 30 micron Corriedale wool top from Ashford of New Zealand.
$5.50$42.45 Select options
Corriedale Lilac
Corriedale Lilac
Vibrant mauve purple. 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 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 Purple
Corriedale Purple
Deep delphinium purple. Dyed 30 micron Corriedale wool top from Ashford of New Zealand.
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Corriedale Raspberry
Corriedale Raspberry
Darker than any raspberry we know, this is more of a deep wine purple-red. Dyed 30 micron Corriedale wool top from Ashford of New Zealand.
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Corriedale Strawberry Shortcake
Corriedale Strawberry Shortcake
An odd but pleasing tone, sort of a medium wine purple-red. Dyed 30 micron Corriedale wool top from Ashford of New Zealand.
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Fine Merino – Verbena
Fine Merino – Verbena
100% fine 19-micron Merino wool. Beautiful and clean combed top. A bright medium Verbena or grape-juice purple, very much like the Theatre colourway the mill does on silk, ramie, hemp, flax, etc. PRODUCT of ITALY, from Dyeing House Gallery.
$7.00$28.60 Select options
Fine Merino – Violet
Fine Merino – Violet
100% fine 19-micron Merino wool. Beautiful and clean combed top. Very intense medium-dark violet purple. Very much like the wild violets that bloom in our village lawns first thing in the spring. PRODUCT of ITALY, from Dyeing House Gallery.
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Flax Top – Onion
Flax Top – Onion
100% Flax (linen) fibre. An interesting muted purple, very much like the colour of red onion skins. PRODUCT of ITALY
$5.50$22.47 Select options
Hemp Top – Lavender
Hemp Top – Lavender
100% Hemp fibre. Medium lavender purple, truly more of a mauve. PRODUCT of ITALY
$7.75$31.67 Select options
Hemp Top – Theatre
Hemp Top – Theatre
100% Hemp fibre. A vibrant purple of medium strength. Staple length is 4 to 4.5 inches. PRODUCT of ITALY
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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
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Logwood, Extract
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.
$23.10$75.60 Select options