Janne Robberstad

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Natural dyeing

By spotogspindel | May 23, 2014

Back in Voss, the theme this time is dyeing. First up is plant dyeing. Or maybe a better word actually is natural dyes? The first picture shows cochineal-lice, here dried and crushed. They´re from Latin-America and are a well-known way to make a beautiful bluish-red color.


Below is a bath with birch-leaves. The wool is prepared with alum, and the yarn needs to be in the water for an hour at 90 degrees. Birch makes a warm yellow color in just a few minutes. But if it stays in the water for an hour, the dye is fixated and will not fade in light.


Adding a little iron-vitrol and the yellow yarn turns green. Below it´s hanging to dry.


A complete set of different dyes. The wool is dyed with different plant parts: mushrooms, leaves, flowers, roots, stems.


Topics: textile | 1 Comment »

One Response to “Natural dyeing”

  1. gail Says:
    May 24th, 2014 at 15:53

    What beautiful colors. Who on earth, I wonder, first thought of using bugs to dye fabric. What a yucky, brilliant idea!