I bought Jenny Dean's book 'Colors from Nature. A dyer's handbook'. A book with detailed information about mordanting, different modifiers and lots of recipes. And another book in French: 'Michel Garcia, Couleurs végétales, teintures, pigments et encres'.
A bought 4 hanks of undyed yarn at Renaissance Dyeing, devided them in small hanksof about 20 gram. I only needed small hanks with different colors because i wanted to knit the Retro Sampler with it.
Then the yarn was mordanted , following Michel Garcia recipe with 15% alum et 7% cream de tartre.
I died with madderroot, cutch, rhubarb root, chamomile, sorghum extract, hibiscus flowers, neprun.
some hanks where overdyed with indigo.
And here they are......
Arent' they beautiful ?
This was my first indigo vat and i also dyed some scarfs but those pictures are for another post....
I started the retro sampler and as usual i changed some patterns, pattern 3 and 5 are mine.