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frewen



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PostPosted: Mon May 02, 11 11:13 am    Post subject: Cold water natural dyeing  Reply with quote    

I have a large american top loader in the garage. It isn't plumbed in, I just physically bucket the water into the top.

I'd like to use it for some natural dyeing as it's so big. Specifically I want to dye up a wool blanket and then make up a cape/cloak.

Any ideas for cold water dyestuffs ... mind you thinking about it I will need heat in order to mordant won't I ?

Perhaps this isn't such a good idea

naomij



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PostPosted: Mon May 02, 11 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I have with madder on unmordanted cotton, just as an experiment. Some folk would have left madder pot in the sun for days/weeks to keep it at ideal temp. I think madder would be ideal.

Whenever I try a new dye, once the wool is done and I turn the heat off, I chuck in a scrap of silk and it always takes to some extent. What is it you're dyeing? I'm only a beginner btw so more nosy than useful!

naomij



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PostPosted: Mon May 02, 11 2:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

As for mordant issue, maybe chuck it in with the dye stuff when you cool it up and hope for the best?

frewen



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PostPosted: Mon May 02, 11 9:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I found this http://www.rugreview.com/13-3nest.htm

which is quite interesting

Bernie66



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PostPosted: Mon May 02, 11 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

does it not heat water itself? Most washers do.
The more modern ones heat a cold only supply but the older ones heat hot to the temperature that they want.

frewen



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PostPosted: Mon May 02, 11 9:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I can't seem to get it to do that

It doesn't like not being plumbed in - it will only agitate on one cycle and spends most of it's time trying to drain for dear life

Bernie66



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PostPosted: Mon May 02, 11 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

cant you get it to fill from the bucket, let it suck its water from there so it thinks its plumbed in?

naomij



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PostPosted: Mon May 02, 11 9:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Ooh that's where I read about leaving it in the sun but I'd forgotten the link, thankyou! I guess its the right time of year to start anyway I think I might try this in one of those plastic tubs in the garden (but will mordant the quick way first!)

frewen



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PostPosted: Mon May 02, 11 9:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Bernie66 wrote:
cant you get it to fill from the bucket, let it suck its water from there so it thinks its plumbed in?


I will try that - I think I know where there is a hose

sally_in_wales
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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 11 8:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I think you'll be ok with alum if you dissolve it in a bucket of hot water first and give it all plenty of time to soak, I'd be tempted to put the blanket in with the alum a day before you put the madder in, then agitate gently a few times a day for maybe as long as a week, you should get a good strong colour

frewen



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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 11 12:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Excellent - thanks Sally

eta and naomij

naomij



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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 11 1:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Let us see when it's done! I'm knitting some slippers at the mo from allison's wool dyed with madder, which is very satisfying!

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