I haven’t found a lot of joy with rhubarb leaf mordant so far… but I do grow rhubarb and often wish I could use the leaves somehow before they reach the compost heap. One chilly day I wondered whether they might just be good in the dyepot–if I heated them surely they would release oxalic acid into the dyebath and even if that is all that happened, raising the acidity level of the bath can be a good thing. Why not?
Then, in with E Scoparia bark. And eventually, two mesh bags full of polwarth fleece. In fact, the last two! I seem to have reached the end of the polwarth fleeces, which seems well nigh miraculous–though they have been just lovely to work with, these are BIG sheep.
The rhubarb leaves did produce a deeper, burgundy shade–than the citrus acidifier in the other pot. Is this a quantity effect, sheer luck…? I am not honestly sure, but I will certainly try it again. The water has to be heated for the dyebath anyway and letting it steep a little before removing rhubarb and adding eucalypt is not too difficult.
In another acid experiment, I have been cleaning out the kitchen cupboards (well, some things over a decade old are leaving the cupboards)–and found this:
Wasn’t I in Brisbane at least 12 years ago the last time I cooked with tamarind?? I put it into a big jar and topped up with water.
Then, into a dyebath with E Nicholii and some of ‘Viola’s’ fleece–she’s a local pet sheep who seems to have some English Leicester parentage. Another gift fleece.
Tamarind on the left, citrus acidifier on the right. Curious! I have another bath with the exhaust dye baths and a second round of leaves steeping (also known as waiting until I have time and inclination…) now.
5 responses to “Rhubarb leaves and tamarind”
I think I should try rhubarb leaves and E. cinerea – could be interesting. What amount of leaves did you use (I’m not massive on precise measuring). Ta.
Whoo Hoo, do I have rhubarb leaves or what! And I think I have some Osage orange somewhere………..
Rhubarb leaves placed IN Adelaide water BEFORE the eucalyptus is added brighten the colour by mitigating the effects of said water (which tend to dull things in my limited experience )
Thanks for the tip–I have lucked in on putting the rhubarb in before the eucalyptus because I was just trying to extract the oxalic acid and that seemed the logical order of things (I don’t fancy getting well cooked rhubarb leaves out of my wool so I am sieving them out). Happily, I don’t use Adelaide water much either, being blessed with a lot of tank capacity. You’ve spurred me on–after stewed rhurbarb and ginger on the weekend, I have E Cinerea leaves simmering now!