Without mordants – golden browns

Lobaria pulmonaria or Lungwort dyed wool and silk

The colours look so much softer in the photograph .

The first dyed fibre with the lighter next dye

Lobaria pulmonaria grows profusely in my local area of the Argyll West Coast . Our high rainfall and frequent winds allows me to have plenty of windfall plant material . The dye pot had already been used in an early workshop and to the second use i added onion skins .

The resulting golden yellow brown is alive with a life chemical dyes do not give the fibres i use in my work. The second range of paler shades was a third use of the dye pot and the contrast is just perfect with the range of silks and wool breeds dyed .

Dyeing can be simple and for some dye matter a mordant is not needed to assist the dye to fix to the the fibres .

The connection of my work to the natural world around me is so important.

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