Indigo, madder and weld
These are the three
core natural dyes as they yield blue, red and yellow. They are also historical
dyes and more about this, with particular reference to Norwich one of the main
centres of dyeing in the past, is on my blog ( 14 May 16) or search under one of
the dyes on the right of the page there.
This shows the colours obtained by participants during one of the workshops I
have taught using indigo, madder and weld.
There is some information and images on indigo
This is a page from my dyeing file - showing a few experiments with madder
on different wool.
I like to use weld from a whole plant, then I know the story of it. However,
sometimes this is not possible and it is necessary to use ' bought in weld'.
is interesting as I have noted the weld even got lighter when left in
the dyepan to cool. Weld is a good dye - fastness wise but why
were the chips giving a light shade?
I love the effect on the silk on the second sample down - a lovely
As always each sample leaves me with the thought 'what if' . Natural
Dyeing is such a fascinating process.