Kategori: vejkant

REJNFAN-EKSPERIMENTER

Rejnfan har blandt naturfarvere et ry som lidt kedelig. Planten er almindelig, let at finde, let at farve med, og så giver den bare gul farve –  ligesom så mange andre planter. Men den har en lang kulturhistorie, og så er dens gule farve faktisk af virkelig god kvalitet! ~ Jeg har undret mig over […]

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FORÅRSRENGØRING

Om sommeren, når alt står i blomst, samler jeg store bundter af røllike, rejnfan og andre gode farveplanter. Men de skal bruges op inden næste sommer, og det er min forårsrengøring. ~ Mit lager af farveemner fra sidste år talte (blandt andet) store bundter af grå bynke og rejnfan, og mere beskedne mængder røllike, en […]

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Fantastiske fiaskoer 2

Sidst skrev jeg om fiaskoer, og her følger flere. Først min største og mest irriterende fiasko som naturfarver indtil videre. 3: Fiasko med naturlig fermentering af indigo For nogen tid siden eksperimenterede jeg med  indigo-farvning med fruktose, men resultaterne var ikke ret overbevisende. Mængden af blå farve der kom ud af farvekypen stod slet ikke […]

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Bejdsning med skræppe

Skræpper kan bruges som et bejdsemiddel – det faktum havde jeg hentet fra læsning og skrevet mig bag øret. Jeg kunne ikke lige huske hvor jeg læste det, men bestemte mig bare for at prøve. I juli-august plukkede jeg kruset skræppe (Rumex crispus) i vejkanten, en høj plante med en stor frøstand i rødlige farver. […]

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Summer Days Dyeing

Summer finally came roaring with several days of temperatures around 30C (yea, hot for Denmark!). We’ve been outside almost all the time, except the times I’ve had to go into the house and check my dye pot on the stove. Our garden is wonderful right now, the highlights are Sweet William (Dianthus barbatus, studenternellike in […]

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Wild Chervil and Intentionally Wild

The other day, we went for a walk along the road, and found wild chervil, also known as cow parsley, poetically as Queen Anne’s lace, and systematically as Anthriscus sylvestris. It was growing bountifully there, so it’s certainly lucky that I have such a good little helper for these tasks: I picked 180 g of stalks […]

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My Ancient Fashion Colors

I am knitting a very nice little shawl, Fylleryd by Mia Rinde, out of a skein of my new lace yarn, Norne (100% wool, 640m/100g). It’s dyed with a somewhat exhausted madder dyebath: I like this color. I think it’s vibrant and will make a flattering shawl. But I was surprised when, a couple of […]

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A Gradient in Madder and Tansy

I love color gradients! They somehow make the colors pop in a different way! Some of the individual colors in my gradient hat were not remotely exciting, but together, it’s another story. I kept imagining a warm gradient, from red to yellow. Sometimes such daydreams stay just that, but with this, I have come incredibly […]

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Gradient Hat

I’m in hat knitting mode right now! As soon as this hat was finished, I had the next one on the needles. The pattern, a Danish one called “hue 1” (that just means hat 1, the book has more than one hat) really makes my brain go berserk with color scheme after color scheme. I’ve […]

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Welcome!

I have long been fascinated with the colors that one can achieve using the dyes that nature provides. There is an endless experimentation that can be tried, and to chronicle my many experiments, I’ve decided to start writing about it here. That will also allow myself to keep track! Over the summer and fall of […]

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