Natural Dyes

Elderberries [100g]

£5.00 inc. VAT

Sambucus ebulus

These are the dried berries from the elderberry tree. This is a fugitive dye and will fade to a dull beige in a short time.

Use at a rate of 100% to dry weight of fibre.

This Natural Dye produces shades of purple when used fresh with an Alum mordant when dyed over 48 hours in a cold dye pot.

For cellulose fibres use either
Aluminium Acetate at 5% in a heated mordant bath.
Aluminium Lactate at 5% in either a cold or heated mordant bath.

Use this Natural Dye at a ratio of 100% dyestuff to fibre.

The left-hand skein shows how all the skeins originally came out of a hot dye bath. The other four were each dipped into a different modifier bath for approximately 10 minutes. From left-to-right these modifier baths were Citric Acid, Ammonia, Copper and Iron.

The dyed samples are as follows
Alum – no modifier = green
Alum + Citric Acid = cream
Alum + Ammonia = green
Alum + Copper = slightly lime green
Alum + Iron = dull green

11 in stock

SKU B00-ND-014 Category

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