We, six spinners, spent today with another member of our spingroup, and dyer Jolanda. We were going to use cochenille and indigo to dye wool. Here Jolanda explains a few things and she is weighing some mordanting stuff. Jolanda had already mordanted some wool, so that we could start dyeing right away.
Jolanda's young kitten was a source of amusement.
The first wool, with cochenille, is in the kettle.
A second amount is leaving its mordanting bath, steaming hot.
The first cochenille bath is done.
The indigobath is done as well and the wool can be taken out. Exciting!
It's like magic: under the influence of oxygen in the air the yellow colour slowly changes into blue
More and more wool is going blue.
By moving the wool it gets bluer and bluer.
A few silk carrier rods had been dyed as well.
Here is our first blue wool.
Part of the wool that was dyed with cochenille had to be treated with íronvinegar': nails had been put in vinegar and water, got nicely rusty and the vinegar could be used as a mordant.
In the meantime we tied off some roving, made knots in or did whatever we fancied.
The dyeing results: from top down the first and second cochenillebath, the wool treated with the iron vinegar and the first indigobath.
Wool from the second cochenille bath is waiting to be dyed in the indigo.
En hier haalt Jolanda het resultaat daarvan uit de pan.
And here Jolanda takes the result from that out of the kettle.
It got more and more purple.
Here everything is hanging together - the weather kept pretty well and we could do a lot outside.
Satisfied everyone looked at their work
These bags, with a piece of roving in every colour, went home with us. Now to dry it and spin!
Wat een geweldige dag was dit!
It was a great day!