Time for Some Madder Root Dye – Naturally!

I’m still working on my Natural Dye project. Today I’d like to share my Madder Root dye day with you.

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Madder Root is the root of the Rubia tinctorum, but the plant is more commonly known as Madder or Dyers Madder.

Because the dye comes in the form of a dried root, it requires a day of soaking prier to dye day. Just cover the roots with tap water and allow them to soak in a glass jar for 24 hours. Another option is to grind them 1st, but I’m not so sure this really helps.

I generally use more Madder for a deeper color. But for this project I just used up what I had. Normally a ratio of weight of fiber to the same weight of Madder root will give you the deepest color. I only had about 4 oz to use with my 10 oz of fiber. I’ve got both roving (un-spun fiber) and yarn today.

After I soaked them, I filled a large pot with water, added to roots and brought it to a simmer for about an hour. I let it cool down so that I could pour it through some cheese cloth to remove any debris.

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After that it was time to add the pre-mordented fiber and once again bring it to a simmer. I let it cook for another hour before turning off the heat and letting it cool completely.

All that remained was to rinse it and hand it out to dry.

I think the color is very elegant.

Next up – Black Walnut! I’ve got them started, but it will be another week or 2 before I’m ready to dye.

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One Response to Time for Some Madder Root Dye – Naturally!

  1. wyatt says:

    I love the coral color!