The joys, oh the joys, of dyeing silk purple

What could possibly go wrong, right? I did my research, harvested some rain water and had some other water types as well so as to adjust the mix as required. I sourced and bought some microscales to be *really* accurate with the mordant stage and preparing the dyebath, it was all going to be fiiine….

If anyone ever tells you pink isn’t period…

..send them to me. There’s no way pink wasn’t period, unless they were calling it something else, like red maybe. This is ordinary wool, linen and muslin cloth all dyed with brazilwood. I used tap water (hard, lots of lime) and was a bit sparing with the chips to water and weight of fibre ratio….

Bug bits, roots and leaves

A twinge in my back has become a rather large and inconvenient pain, so tonight’s planned dyeing session instead became a sort of forlorn inventory taking of my newly delivered dyestuff. This is alum, considered an excellent mordant for beginners and just in general. It isn’t too expensive and is generally regarded as the safest…