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BFL wool dyed with Weld natural dye extract
1) What is Weld?
Weld (Reseda luteola) is a biennial plant with long flower spikes which has been used as a dye for thousands of years. Weld dye comes from the chopped leaves and flower stems of the second year plant.
2) What colours does Weld extract produce?
Weld extract produces brilliant lemon yellows. The principal pigment in the weld leaves is luteolin. Over dye it with madder for bright oranges and with woad for a fabulous Lincoln Green.
3) How do I use Weld extract?
Wash and mordant the wool (follow Scouring the wool and Mordanting with alum for details).
Make a paste with 1 teaspoon (5 grams) weld extract and a small amount of warm water. Fill a saucepan with water and add the weld extract paste. Mix about one third of a teaspoon of chalk (calcium carbonate) with a small amount of boiling water in a container and add to the pot with the weld.
BFL wool dyed with Weld natural dye extract & over-dyed with pale woad
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