25g packs of madder root dyed Shetland tops. Madder root is as the name suggests, a root, which grows for about 4 or 5 years, at which point it can be harvested. Please check out my youtube video on this if you want more info.
The roots are washed, chopped and dried. I always soak madder roots for about 3 weeks prior to use in order to get the most dye from them. The first dye bath has brown under tones, so I take that off into another container because for this fibre I like a proper red-tangerine-orange. There are a variety of reds obtainable from madder depending on the process used.
This batch of Shetland fibre was dyed using a technique of laying the fibre directly onto the root before simmering. That means there is a mottled appearance to the fibre and there might be the odd bit of root still left in the fibre although I think i got it all out! I like the finished appearance, and I hope you will too. When this is spun it can either be spun straight off the hank, with the variation of shades to give an interesting yarn, or it can be re-blended to give an over all blended shade.
Madder root dye goes back a long way! I don't know how long. It was used to dye the 'Red Coats' of the British Army in past centuries, and probably goes back thousands of years.
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Wash your finished project by hand and dry it flat.