Natural Logwood Dye on Wool

If you read my post from the other day, then you know I’m on a Natural Dye theme this week. I began with Goldenrod and Goldenrod with Iron after bath to get yellow and green respectively.

Today I’m looking for a purple. To achieve this, I will be using Logwood Extract.

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Logwood Dye is obtained from the flowering Logwood Tree which grows in southern Mexico and northers central America. Interestingly enough the tree is still valued today as a source for Haematoxylin that is used as a staining agent in histology.

The dye used for fiber is easily found and comes as chips of the wood or powdered extract form like I’m using today. I purchased this several years ago. I bought 1 ounce. This may not sound like much but it goes a long way. It’s easier than the chips only because they need to be soaked over night and this readily dissolves in water.

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I’m dyeing a total of 10 oz of wool. My wool has been pre-mordented and is ready to go after a 10 minute soak in water to ensure an even take up of color. I’ll also be dyeing a skein of yarn.

I mixed 1/8 of an oz of dye into a large pot of water. Then I added the fiber and brought it up to a simmer for 30 minutes.

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The purple color that I got is deep with a hint of grey undertones. I love it! It almost looks vintage. Had I wanted a more modern, bright purple, I could have dipped it in some Cochineal. That would add a touch of pink. I’ll be doing some Cochineal later in the week. I may just try that with some…

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One Response to Natural Logwood Dye on Wool

  1. Cindy says:

    Beautiful color!