Bark dyes

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What with all the bark collecting there’s been… there have been some bark dye pots too.

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I  smash the bark up small, the better to create a nice, strong dye.

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After heating, I get something more like this…

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For some reason the light out the back is making things look less spectacular rather than more spectacular (as is my camera’s usual tendency) as we head into summer–but as you can see I have scaled up to colour separation… grading the colours and carding them separately.  One of my friends put me onto this strategy and I just love it.  She’s very clever about colour and I feel lucky to have the benefit of her wisdom.

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And then carding…

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And more carding… and finally spinning, which is underway.  I hope your holiday season has treated you well and the new year is looking promising.  I think this kind of preparation, time consuming and sometimes boring as it is, always makes me think that promising things are in the future, and this is a year in which the collective project at our place involves focusing on optimism.   I will gratefully accept tips!


Filed under Fibre preparation, Natural dyeing

9 responses to “Bark dyes

  1. Great colours no matter what your camera shows! Is the bark from E. scoparia?


  2. Anne Harris

    Love your blog thnx Have a wonderful colorful dye filled new year A

    Sent from my iPhone



  3. Susan

    haha, I don’t even like pink type shades but I really like these. They have depth. It IS totally worth it to separate the colours out. What are your plans for this…I hate when people ask me things like this so you don’t have to answer and I will understand!


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