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Fine Merino – Rust
$7.00 – $28.60
100% fine 19-micron Merino wool. Beautiful and clean combed top.
Excellent rusty red-orange-brown tone.
PRODUCT of ITALY, from Dyeing House Gallery.
$11.00 – $85.00 Select options
Whole dried insects. A scale insect native to Mexico/Central America that feeds exclusively on prickly-pear cactus. Cochineal is a very common source of red food colour with a long historical use. No mordant is required although they will extend the colour range in interesting ways. Use at 3-10% WOF for medium, 10-20% WOF for strong shades. Cochineal is expensive but very generous and can easily give 8 or more successive dips from the same dyebath. Have plenty of fibre ready and waiting! TO USE: grind finely in a coffee grinder (Cochineal is non-toxic but may stain your next pot of coffee). Soak overnight in cold water with 5% Cream of Tartar to WOF. Simmer 15 minutes, cool and strain -- we find a sieve lined with moist paper towel does the trick. Return to pot, add more water if necessary then enter the fibre and simmer for 35 to 45 minutes. Light/washfastness: excellent
$9.50 – $38.82 Select options
Merino/Silk – Sunset
80% Merino wool (22-micron) / 20% Mulberry silk from Ashford of New Zealand. Combed top/sliver. Gorgeous and bright, with streaks of orchid pink, tangerine, plum, orange, magenta and silvery white. This one has so many "in between" tones that it's hard to describe. PRODUCT of NEW ZEALAND