Experimenting with dyes...

Posted by Zoe Fletcher on Sunday, July 11, 2010
After getting such beautiful colours from the Madder, I came home bursting to start experimenting with the Woad and Weld I got from Norfolk. Yarn being dyed with woad does not need to be mordanted before beginning to dye. Weld needs to be soaked and simmered for 24 hours before commencing dyeing - so my timings were set around how long each one would take! I got some interesting results - I think my beginning ones turned out better than my later ones sometimes as I was very cautious about being exact and timing everything permanently - although when I played around with timings and colour changes I got some unexpected and lovely results!

On day one I started with Woad and Onion skins!

The woad gave me a great variety of colours form pale egg-shell blue to quite a deep denim colour!

The onion skins gave an amazing array of golden yellows to mustard tones, which turned out a lot better than I thought they would!

I also tried a small amount of madder dipped in Woad towards the end of the dye cycle which turned a lovely deep purple and mauvey!



Zoe Grace Fletcher Currently undertaking a PhD at Manchester Metropolitan University within the MIRIAD post-graduate department, I am beginning a practice based academic journey into British wool fibres and new technologies within knitwear design. Graduating with Distinction from a Masters in Fashion and the Environment at London College of Fashion, specialising in hand-knitting and the British Wool Industry, I have worked on a number of knitwear collections (personal and external companies), whilst freelancing and researching for a number of exciting projects. My work revolves around the idea of sustainable fashion from a knitted perspective and the different ways to achieve this incorporating the ideas of slow fashion into mainstream society. I love knitting. And wool. And double sided sticky tape.
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