Today we started our trials with Madder, a very different process to that of indigo! Madder requires a mordant, we used one dip of alum on yarn and fabric, and also some with just a gall dip; Jenny Dean’s recipe uses an alum, gall and alum mordant regime. We had an over abundance of red guavas so have tried them as a mordant too. You start with cold water, add the garden lime (madder responds better in hard water), madder powder and fabric/yarn. The water temperature needs to rise and hold at 80 C for 45minutes, then leave to cool overnight. I guess we will see whether any are a success but have a feeling we may have been a little stingy with only 20grams of madder powder!
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