The Colours of Medieval Ireland II – Tree based colours

There are no end of ways to make colour happen on cloth and wool, the trick is rather to make them stay there. The earliest forms of fixing colours come from what Bríd Mahon (Traditional Dyestuffs in Ireland from Gold Under the Furze) calls “crude native alum [….] from wood ash, human urine, sheep manure,Continue reading “The Colours of Medieval Ireland II – Tree based colours”

More indigo, Lincoln green and how not to treat wool

In December Eiscir Airgead in the Barony of Eplaheimr hosted a day of mead making, candle dipping and, as is becoming traditional, dyeing. On this occasion I decided to go for another indigo bath since we enjoyed our first attempt at Coronet very greatly, but I wanted to see what improvements we could make. IContinue reading “More indigo, Lincoln green and how not to treat wool”

Trying to find the colours of medieval Ireland – old sources.

For absolutely not the first or last time I have been struggling with translation. The more it happens the more I ditch my ideas that I will never, ever try to get my brain around Old Irish and idly dream about maybe going back to college some day just to try to get a betterContinue reading “Trying to find the colours of medieval Ireland – old sources.”

Elizabethan Colour charts

Having mentioned elizabethancostume.net earlier I was idly poking around it on my lunchbreak got absolutely sidetracked by some of the names of the colours documented on the site, not least some lists compiled by Penny Ladnier which are absolutely awesome. I love me a good quirky name, (ask me how I got interested in mushrooms)Continue reading “Elizabethan Colour charts”

The Whole Art of Dying in two parts – A first impression

The use of dying not dyeing is not mine, just to be clear! I’ve very recently discovered this book and am currently completely fascinated by it, even though it was printed out of my period of interest, in 1705 in London. The full title text includes:“The whole art of dying : in two parts, theContinue reading “The Whole Art of Dying in two parts – A first impression”

How To: gather basic equipment

Going to be honest with you, this is just a list of things I’ve found useful and is in no way complete. I’ve been doing this for a little while now and a lot of the stuff I’ve picked up as donations or second hand. I got very lucky and picked up chemistry flasks inContinue reading “How To: gather basic equipment”

How To: Scour Animal/protein fibres.

Scouring is the term used in the dyeing world for cleaning – but not in the standard ‘bung it in the washing machine’ type of cleaning. When you consider how pernickity natural and historic dyes can be it makes sense that you want to remove as many reasons for your dyeing to go wrong asContinue reading “How To: Scour Animal/protein fibres.”

The Great Madder Experiment

As part of an event I ran called Féile na nÚll this year there was a workshop, a great madder experiment if you will, where people who wanted to participate brought tap water from different areas. We messed about a bit with the PH of an additional sample of tap water and threw in aContinue reading “The Great Madder Experiment”

The Insulae Draconis colours workshop

At the recent Principality Coronet Tournament (Ilchomórtas Coróineád Insulae Draconis in my Barony of Eplaheimr, I wanted to do a workshop that included a lot of dyeing info in a (hopefully) accessible way, so I decided to show how to do a standard dyebath (I chose weld) , a dye Vat (Indigo) and how usingContinue reading “The Insulae Draconis colours workshop”