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How to dye with natural dye ~ by WoodlandsTV

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http://www.woodlands.co.uk Natural dye, how to dye. Dyeing with natural dyes. The madder plant (Rubia tinctoria) is a useful root for dyeing, producing a deep red colour. The roots are brown but after soaking and simmering become dark red and the shades of colour can then softened using modifiers such as wood ash water. In a woodland setting, Jennie James from the East Sussex Archaeology and Museums Partnership (ESAMP) shows what these plants look like and discusses how to use them, along with the use of iron pyrites. She also looks at the importance of temperature in dyeing. The last of our three programmes on dyeing in woodlands using plants and barks, such as woad, weld, and alder buckthorn.

Posted in: Uncategorised ~ On: 28 December, 2010

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3 comments so far

Tamara Konczal
August 8, 2011

Best thing I've seen on dyes so far! Thanks!

November 7, 2011

@raktvk Very kind of you to mention that. Sorry it's taken us so long to reply. Thanks fro watching woodlandsTV

Danielle Taylor
October 31, 2017

Logwood was often used to achieve a dark, almost black purple in the past. Maybe using the alkaline solution in that dying process with a high concentration of logwood it could possibly give you an even deeper purple, achieving "black".

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