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Old 10-09-2018, 01:35 PM   #46351
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The osage orange dye is pretty easy. Soak the chips or sawdust in warm water for a few days. It is easier if you put the sawdust in a cheesecloth bag. If your water is hard or has iron in it, use bottled distilled water for everything but the final rinsing.

To dye: Screen out the wood. Heat the liquor to just below boiling in a stainless steel pot. (I really recommend a hotplate outside -- not your kitchen stove.)

Soak your yarn or cloth in warm water before immersing in the dye bath. For a more golden color pre-mordant using alum 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp per 100g of yarn, fiber or fabric. Dissolve the alum in a few cups of boiling water. Add that solution to enough water to cover the yarn, etc. Heat the solution to near boiling, turn off the heat, cool slightly, add fibers and then them soak until solution is cool.

Add the wet yarn, etc to the dye pot. Let it soak in the solution until almost the desired shade, then turn off the heat. Cool to room temperature. Remove the yarn and rinse in cold warm until the rinse runs clear. Wash in a gentle -- oxidizer free -- detergent.

Wool, silk and cotton will all react differently. Expect surprises. Natural dyes are that way. That's why aniline dyes were such a hot trade commodity.

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