With fall in the air and all this talk about pumpkins, I thought I would take a moment to talk about Madder – Rubia tinctorum. Why? Because madder can produce the softest peachy pinks to burnt orange and strong reds! Mixing madder with cochineal will give you a true red! Madder has been long prized as a dye – both the roots and cloth dyed with madder were traded on the Silk Road. Yes, the color is in the roots and it takes 3-5 years before the roots can be harvested. Madder is both heat and pH sensitive – get the dye pot too hot and you will end up with brown instead of orange, change the pH and go from orange to deep red. The most famous red from madder is known as Turkey Red – a color that took months to make and used many secret ingredients! Dyers’ formulations for Turkey Red were strongly protected. Here at The Yarn Tree we have madder root whole, madder root ground and madder extract available. Why don’t you give this ancient dye a try! #madder #madderroot #rubiatinctorum #orangedye #naturaldye #botanicaldye #ancientdyes #turkeyred #silkroad
I just love working with natural dyes – keeping an ancient tradition alive, working with color, celebrating nature!
I just finished dyeing sampling skeins for my indigo demos in Turkmenistan. I dyed with Cochineal (reds) and Fustic (yellows). The yarns are (from left) wool, silk, an organic cotton/bamboo blend and a cotton/rayon blend. For the demo they will be over-dyed with indigo for a beautiful range of purples and greens! The undyed skeins will give a range of indigo blues as each substrate will take the indigo differently.
If you would like to try this, these same dyes are featured on The Yarn Tree’s website
Today I received my official invitation from the Government of Turkmenistan!
Here is a translation and I just had to include the beautiful seal that was on the document
Seal of TurkmenistanThe Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan presents its compliments to the Embassy of the United States of America in Turkmenistan and, with reference to the Embassy’s diplomatic note of April 12, 2012, has the honor to inform of the Turkmen side’s consent to a visit to Turkmenistan by Ms. Linda LaBelle, an expert and specialist in American textiles, weaving and crafts, on May 20 – 27, 2012, and to arranging requested meetings and presentations.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan avails itself of this opportunity to renew to the Embassy of the United States of America in Turkmenistan the assurances of its highest consideration.
Ashgabat, April 24, 2012.