25 June 2007

Farvning med birkeblade/Birch Leaves Dyeing

"Heksemutter lod en tudse..."
At der skulle kunne komme noget, man har lyst til at være i nærheden af, ud af DET.... (picture1 ):
"...rimme rum rimme rum..."
Men nu ser det lidt mindre giftigt ud (picture2):
"...røg i ringe, uhm uhm uhm."

Og som ved magi transformerer det sig til smukt garn... (picture3):De grønne er forfarvet med indigo.
Række 1 (fra oven til venstre): Spelsau (åklegarn), gotlandsk pelsuld, Skotsk uld, New Zealandsk uld.
Række 2 og 3: Spelsau.
Række 4: Entrådet islandsk uld.

Alt dette (og 3 nøgler mere, som allerede er blevet brugt) er farvet med 3 kg tørrede birkeblade. Så vidt jeg husker ca. 4,5 kg garn. Jeg garnet stå over varme i farvesuppen i to timer, og derefter køle af et døgns tid deri, inden jeg tog det op.

In English:
My latest dyeing with birch leaves (accompained by a Danish children's song about a cooking witch).
Picture 1: Boiling,
Picture2: Cooling,
Picture3: Final result. The green yarns are predyed with indigo.
Row 1, from left: Spelsau, gotlandic, scottish, new zealandic.
Row 2 and 3: Spelsau.
Row 4: Icelandic 1-ply.

This, about 4,5 kg of yarn, is dyed with 3 kg dried birch leaves. It was in the heated dyebath for 2 hours (I'm not sure it's correct English, but you understand, right? I put the yarn in when the dyebath had the right temperature, and kept that temperature for 2 hours), and cooled of inthere for about 24 hours.


vandy said...


Jan Bode Smiley said...

Oh, the yellows and the greens are all wonderful! I'm going to have to try dyeing with birch leaves - what species of birch did you use, and do you know if it makes a difference?

Jan Smiley

Rebecca said...

Really pretty. I miss my birch tree that died. This makes me really want to plant a new one.

k baxter packwood said...

How did you get the greens? Gorgeous colors btw!

Saga said...

To Jan Bode Smiley:
I don't know which spieces it it, but probably Betula pendula, the most common birch in Denmark.
I don't know of that there should be any differences in the colour you get from the different spieces, but Betula nana should give the brighest/strongest colour.

To k baxter packwood:
I dyed the yarn with indigo firstly, and then put it in the yellow dyebath. I use the lye-hydrosulphite vat method.

Anonymous said...

Hello, I saw the link to your blog on on one of the yahoo lists. Beautiful dyeing. Thanks for the English translation.

Mary, a shepherd in eastern New York USA

Simmy said...

Oh my goodness - what beautiful colours. Up till now my fave green has been turmeric/indigo or goldenrod/indigo but this seems to beat them both. I definately have to try birch leaves - we have a birch in the garden.

Saga said...

Oh, thank you all of you. I'm overwhelmed, I don't think I have ever gotten so many comments on a post. I'm very happy for all the nice words.

Simmy: The yarn is a big part of it, the spelsau dyes really beautiful. But birch does give a lovely colour. my personal favourite.
I also had two more green skeins that were darker, a colour just like lush dark green grass, but they were virtually ripped from my hands, as soon as I had finished them ;).

Inca said...

Beautiful :) I told you I'd be stopping by your blog. I bought two indigo skeins from you at Trelleborg and am still thinking up a good project for them :) You should be getting yourself an Etsy shop ;)