Or reef? :) Pinks and corals after 24 hours in the no heat madder bath —- a bit too soft –my ratio of madder to cloth may not have been high enough, and i think i should have left them longer. I wonder too if ironing them has altered the colour, as i know extreme heat can affect certain dyestuffs–found that out with some hollyhock eons ago. I have a few more scraps in now to see what the result is, as until it’s exhausted, it’s not going to be wasted. As it ferments too, i am supposed to get browner tones–all grist for the mill. Apparently my hard water is good too for madder, but i need to add calcium carbonate.
The larger pieces were premordanted with alum, the smaller without, and unmordanted white silk thread. There was also a long silk scrap was the piece i pulled from the silly indigo experiment. All of the silks look the same to me, as do both cotton pieces. Looks GORGEOUS when wet, though awfully scarletyorange:
(Darker colours here are the OTC from yesterday.) Dry madder results, meh:
Threads were dyed with the OTC as well, one a medium grey to begin with, one an ecru and the last a variegated grey to black. The nuances together are lovely.
Funnily enough, the last time i made any notes in the dye workbook was almost a year ago to the day, after the Bowen Ecoprint workshop! My results from previous madder experiments were pretty much the same…..
Of course, NOW i look for more info and find this from Aurora Silks in Australia: On silk the colors tend to be more coral or orange; on cotton the colors are to the more rosy coral. The true “Turkey Red” which is the bright clear red of antique cotton quilts, was achieved on cotton through a multi step dye process.
Poop. Oh well, all colour is good, but i’m not sure if it’s worth the effort to start a larger vat with larger pieces for the NBT!
And bother bother BUGGER—Miss Slapshot dumped my dye plant seedlings and used the ensuing mess as a litterbox!!!!!!! I’ll have to start all over again, and hope the time is still good for getting them to the right size in our too short zone 3 growing season!!!!!