Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Cochineal

Last week I decided to try out a cochineal dye bath. Pretty crazy stuff really - the dye is made from the crushed bodies of a Mexican scale insect (Dactylopius coccus). I pre-mordanted the yarn (Knitpicks Color Your Own) with alum. Here is the dye pot on the stove:


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And here is the finished yarn...magenta:


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2 Comments:

Blogger Liz said...

Wow. That's a beautiful color. Any plans for the yarn?

9:23 AM  
Blogger Sasha said...

Lovely color! Any tips on dye ratio, mordant amount, or any other suggestions?

11:09 PM  

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