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Posted - 07/15/2006 :  2:37:37 PM  Show Profile  Visit Celtic Memory Yarns's Homepage Send Celtic Memory Yarns a Private Message
While doing the defrosting, I discovered a pretty large bag of blackberries dating back at least three years. That's a bit long ago to be using for jam or pies at this stage, I feel (and anyway the new blackberry season is almost upon us here in Ireland), so will try some dyeing. I did try this about ten years ago but although the wool took some very pretty pink and violet shades, it faded very quickly. What is the best mordant to use with blackberries?



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Posted - 07/15/2006 :  10:16:46 PM  Show Profile  Visit Shelia's Homepage Send Shelia a Private Message
I have not heard of anyone having success with blackberries, even with a mordant. Blackberries are usually considered a stain rather than a dye, so I guess what that means is that the colors are never permanent.

Sorry, but maybe someone else has different information.

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Posted - 08/05/2006 :  02:42:37 AM  Show Profile  Visit Simmyb's Homepage Send Simmyb a Private Message
I'm currently having a go with blackberries as I have so many in the garden this year. I mordanted the wool with alum and then my book says to boil the blackberries for half an hour. Strain and simmer the wool in the mixture for an hour and then leave in the pot overnight. An iron mordant (just rusty nails in water) makes the colour bluer. However, although the colour will be nice I also don't think it will last - but still I'm giving it a go.

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Posted - 08/05/2006 :  05:21:25 AM  Show Profile Send knottyknitter a Private Message
I just bought "Dyer's Garden" from the Interweave hurt book sale so looked it up in there. It lists blackberries (as well as pretty much any other berry" as something not worth growing for the purposes of dying. According to the book, berris dye fades with light and says, "Over a period of months or years, even the dim light from north window will erase pinks and purples of berry dyed yarn, leaving only tans." The writer suggests that berries are best grown for eating or feeding birds.

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Posted - 11/24/2006 :  1:40:09 PM  Show Profile Send fiddlerbird555 a Private Message
Funny. I once had the baby make a real stained mess with blackberries, so I got a friend to tye-dye the outfit to match. We could never tell after that, what was the berry and what wasn't. She tended to use pretty strong synthetic dyes, though.


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