ANST - natural dyeing ... reds & purples
Deborah and Robert Wade
dwade at ballistic.com
Sat Jul 4 19:42:30 PDT 1998
At 12:21 AM 7/4/98 EDT, you wrote:
>Using bug parts or plant parts:
>do I have to add some kind of chemical to make it colorfast or just
>water, and what temperature of water?
To get the dye into the water it must be boiled (simmered) but you do not
want to boil to wool it turns to felt. The water must be warm to hot when
it is added but not boiling.
Cochineal is colorfast without a mordant, but I generally add alum to the
dye bath to be on the safe side.
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