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Dye kits, a question

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Now I may have been halucinating but have I seen posts about someone making and selling natural dye kits.

I'm not sure, if it was on the old site - but I've been unable to find it. :roll:



HELP


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There was someone doing sample sets, so you could compare a natural dyed swatch of wool to any fabric you were buying. Is that what you were thinking of?

What were you after? I may have some dyes kicking around, though there will also be at least a couple of people at teh fair selling dyestuffs I'm sure

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messege coming from the Boss :wink:

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Hi Sally,

What I really wanted to do was to learn a bit more about natural dyes, so I could have a go at dyeing some linen for our own costumes (just for lining material mostly), instead of relying on the ready-dyed stuff. But I like the idea of natural swatches, so I'll look out for that at the fairs.

So I don't think I need a kit per se, just some hints and a starting point :D

Thanks

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You've got my super basic guide to woad, weld and madder in the felting booklet I think? Otherwise collar me at the fair and I'll talk dye with you. Its a lot of fun and doesnt have to be traumatic, its more picking eth right dye and the fight fibre for the right period, then being brave and it usually all turns out fine

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Oh yeah- linen on the whole doesnt take dye fantastically well (there are some exceptions but usually everything comes out paler on linen), so for lining you are almost as well to stick to the natural linen colour. I have met people with a knack for dyeing linen, who manage to get colours everyone else only get on wool, but as a rough rule of thumb, save the natural dyeing for wool, its a bit easier to handle when you are starting out :D

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Cheers me dear, I'll have a lookey in the booklet and if I decide to have a try I'll let you know how I get on :)

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Hi WW, Hi Lady P :)

the dye kits are made & sold by Phoebe - Tinctoria. She will be at the NHLF in just over a week - she's recently created some extra colours to add to the original kit, which has some beautiful colours in!

I found them very useful because I do feltmaking with commercially dyed fleece from a company in Yorkshire, they have over a hundred different colours to choose from & when I'm in front of them I can never remember which colours are the most 'authentic' to go for - so I take Phoebe's dye packs up with me & choose colours to match the woad, madder, weld etc plus the overdyes. I spend well over a few hundred pounds a year buying fleece for felting, so it was a very good investment for me, plus I was able to buy my wool fabric in February and match the blue & green really well, instead of buying fabric, getting it home & realising I wasn't happy with it!

Totally biased opinion too as she's my best friend :)
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Cheers Kate

I knew someone did them, but just couldn't remember who.

We are going to the fayre so we'll keep a look out for her.

Cheers again

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Hi,
I hope you will excuse a trader from TORM putting a message up here, but I noticed this subject - which it's one close to my heart! I have been dyeing linens for several years and think they get a very bad press, I have no problem in dyeing them, if you would like to come and see me to discuss how to do so I will be more than happy to go through it with you, I think most people who know me will agree that I am very approachable and will chat for hours ........and I have been producing dye kits for years! (not swatches, which I gave up on cos no one wanted them but complete kits with dyes mordants and instructions!!!!) Please feel free to get in touch

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I'll vouch for how great Debbies dyed stuffs are. I can dye 'some' colours fine on linen, but I do find they are typically paler than wool, hence my broad agreement with the general belief that its harder to dye linen than wool, and particularly for beginners it can be a slightly tricky area. But yes, definately go and talk to the Mulberry Dyer, you will learn lots

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Hi Debbie

We'll be attending TORM Saturday AM (cos we're watching Sally's stall whilst she struts her stuff :shock: ) So how do we find you?

I'm easy to spot, large bald dude in a utilikilt :shock:

We shall come and chat.

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HI Whiteworlf,

I'll look forward to meeting you - not sure exactly where I'll be, but in the main hall (not the one with the cricket nets!) just look for the logo of the mulberry leaf and John or I should be somewhere nearby!(The other give- away is a load of squirrels that are taking over the stall........but that's another story!)
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Hi Deb

See you then and you can tell us about the squirrels :shock: :shock:

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Debbie is an evil woman who has too much interesting stuff to buy

And its too easy to smugglr intot he house

Humour aside she is dead good and a top person
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Debbie is an evil woman who has too much interesting stuff to buy

And its too easy to smugglr intot he house


And for that very reason I think she's wonderful!!!

Plus, she manages to stay polite to the silly stuff from the public (far more than me, it has to be said).

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White Wolf, you must remember to ask Debs to do her french squirrel impression (very amusing) and worth visiting the stall just for that really! :lol: :lol:

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Nigel, Sally, and Debs, many thanks for the kind words ..........hope you get to say hello over the weekend (little brown envelopes will be waiting!!!!!!!) Uncle Bulgaria you been looking for Ecureuil's again?
The game for this winter has been handpainting the linens with natural dyes do come and see some of the results!

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