Plant Collected: Spinach
Date Collected: Feb 21, 2011
Part of plant used and amount: Leaves/ ½ a shopping bag
Extraction process notes:
Boil for 2 ½ hours. Use enough water to cover the plant material. Should use more spinach for a deeper hue. Strain the dye material from the plant material.
Material/ WOF: Shetland wool 1 skein – 1oz
Dye/volume: ¼ gallon
Mordant/amount: 1tsp iron and ½ tsp soda ash
Additions: 3 tbsp vinegar
Mordant the wool in iron and soda ash for 1 hr using enough water so the fiber moves freely in the bath. Rinse and place in dye. Simmer for 2 hrs. The yarn turns beige with the iron mordant. 3 tbsp of vinegar is added and simmered for 3 more hrs. Let cool. Rinse until water runs clear.