i took the plunge and dyed with alkanet.
I didn’t premordant the wool as I was lookig for grey with least lavender shade. I used ratio 1:4 (dye:wool), boiled the dyestuff, left sit overnight, strained, entered the wool and simmered for an hour. I like to leave a dye plant in the pot and cook it with the fibre but I have noticed on a felted sample piece that the chips are hard to remove from the surface and leave unpleasant marks, so this time I used just the liquoir after extracting the dye. The color is lavender grey.
I was interested if I could modify the color after the dyeing so put part of the wool into a vessel with vinegar and another part with washing soda. While vinegar hasn’t changed the color much, the washing soda (alkaline) has shifted it towards blue and the resulting color is steal grey, mix of grey and teal with a hint of green.
- Linda Rudkin, Natural Dyes
- Jenny Dean, Colours from Nature and Wild Colour
- Jackie Crook, Natural Dyeing
- Gill Dalby, Natural Dyes, Fast or Fugitive
- J. Hardman and S. Pinhey, Natural Dyes