Scouring Cotton and Linen

Weigh the materials to be scoured before soaking in hot water. You can wash any fabric in the washing machine prior to scouring if you want.

Recipe is for 100 grams of material to be scoured, so you might have to do some math if the weight of yours is different.

Large stock pot of enamel or stainless steel. Fill pot 2/3 full of water

Add 35 grams of soda ash for every 100 grams (dry weight) of materials to be scoured. Add materials to the pot and bring to a boil. Be careful to not let it boil over. Adjust to high simmer and simmer for a minimum of 2 hours, stirring every 15 minutes (longer for linen). Allow to cool enough to handle the materials without burning yourself. If water is extra dirty, repeat.

Rinse and use immediately for mordanting or dyeing, or let dry.

All About Cotton!

Part two of our countdown to the natural dyeing series.

And as promised, the website for Sally Fox’s organic, natural-colored cotton.

If you can find this with the swatches, it is an invaluable resource into all of the cotton fabrics available, plus a lot more on cotton, it’s history and other details. All About Cotton

All About Linen – and an Experiment!

Is linen stronger wet than dry? Let’s find out!

A brief history of flax, linen, baste plants and their uses. Also, I test to see if linen really is stronger wet than dry.

For more information on linen, how to grow, process it, and how to use it to its best, here are more videos on this subject.

Recommended reading for more about flax, linen and all the uses including weaving patterns and more. Linen – From Flax Seed to Woven Cloth

Gotta Love the Mail!!!

More fun supplies arrived for natural dyeing and the garden. I am so anxious to get to both of them, although I have most of the supplies necessary, now, for the garden, and I’m still waiting on several for the natural dye experiments to commence.

So, let’s start with what I received for the garden. 100 peat pellets so I can start my seeds in the house and 500 plant tags. This last item should last me several years. In fact, I might use a specific colored tag for each year I plant something.

As for the natural dyeing supplies, I received these:

Citric acid to shift pH, and soda ash for scouring cellulose fibers.

And the last of the yarns I need – linen and silk. I already have plenty of wool and cotton yarns in my stash, but needed these two. Now just to get the fabrics I ordered in the mail. I should see them next week, and we can start the series on natural dyeing.

I feel like a mad scientist, sitting here and rubbing my hands together in anticipation of all of the fun this spring and summer will bring. You just wait and see what’s coming!!!