Logwood Natural Dye
Logwood comes from a tree native to the West Indies and the Yucatan Peninsula. The heartwood yields a dye that gives pinks, blues, purples and greens depending on the mordants.
- Use clean, premordanted wool or yarn.
- Measure the Logwood chips or sawdust (25% – 50% WOG) into a nylon stocking and into small dish.
- Add a bit of alcohol or vodka to the Logwood chips and allow to sit overnight. The alcohol helps to extract the colour from the logwood bark
- The dyebath should be purplish-red. If it is brown, add washing soda, a teaspoon at a time, until the dyebath turns purple-red.
- Pour the stocking and the water into dyepot filled with hot water and simmer for 1 hour.
- Add premordanted fibre or yarn into the dyepot and simmer for 1 hour.
- Allow the dyepot to cool.Remove the fibre or yarn from the dyepot, rinse and let dry.
- Remove the fibre or yarn from the dyepot, rinse and let dry.
- Try alum or tin premordants.
- You can reuse the exhaust dyebaths to create other colours.
- Try overdyeing with Osage Orange for greens, or with Saxon blue Indigo for dark blues.
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Wild Color, Revised and Updated Edition: The Complete Guide to Making and Using Natural Dyes
The Art and Craft of Natural Dyeing: Traditional Recipes for Modern Use
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