23 September 2006

Jernalderfarvninger/Iron Age dyeings

På Næsby Jernalderlandsby (min arbejdsplads) farves der hver dag sammen med de besøgende børn. Fremgangsmåden er således:
En keramikpotte på ca. 10 liter fyldes halvt med vand, garnet (ca. 50 g) kommet i og krukken sættes til opvarmning ved bålet.
Når det er godt varmt, kommes planterne i (så krukken er mellem totredjedele og helt fuld alt efter hvilken plante der bruges), og krukken står i et par timer ved god varme (75-85 grader). Hvis det begynder at koge tages krukken lidt væk fra ilden.
Garnet ligger i krukken, der står på det varme ildsted (uden bål), natten over. Plantedelene fjernes fra garnet, det skylles godt og hænges til tørre i skyggen.

Krap. Ubejdset garn(venstre) og bejdset med alun (højre):

Tagrør, blomsterne (hvis de hedder sådan på tagrør, det der fluffy noget, ikk) når de er røde, lige inden de springer ud. Fed 1 og 3 (fra venstre) er 2.gangsfarvninger (altså farvning i et farvebad der allerede er blevet brug én gang). Længere farvetid, jo mørkere farve:
Prikbladet perikon:
Hasselnøddeblade:
In English:
At Næsby Iron Age Village (my work place) they dye every day with the visiting children. It's done like this:
A ceramic pot (10 liter) is filled with water and is heated by the fire. When it is quite warm (so you can't have your fingers in it), the plants are put in. The pot must be to thirds full to full depending on type of plant. The pot stands by the fire for at couple of hours at good heat (temperature in pot: 75-85 C). If it starts to boil, the pot is removed from the fire a little.
The yarn rests in the pot overnight on the warm fireplace (without fire). The plant bits are removed and the yarn is dried in the shade.

Picture1: Madder, on unmordanted (left) and mordanted yarn.

Picture2: Reed, the flowers (if thats the name, the fluffy bit), when they are red, but before they blooms. Skein 1 and 3 is 2. batch dyeings. The longer the dye period, the darker the colour.

Picture3: Common St. Johnswort (hypericum perforatum).

Picture4: Hazelnut leaves.

2 comments:

Funkyewe said...

I just love the colors especially the reds and greens. The Iron age style of dyeing is fascinating...thank you for making your blog in English too.

Andrea in Alberta, Canada

Saga said...

Thank you. It is new to me too, and more "random" (in a positive way) than I do at home, where I tend to go about my dyeings like science projects ;). The Iron Age style is no hastle and everyday'ish: Something that'll dye itself while you do your daily chores.