Woad and how to make the dye

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Woad and how to make the dye

Post: #260613 matowakan
Wed May 16, 2012 6:53 pm

I have been growing Woad for a couple of years and now I would like to try and make the dye.
I have looked up various sites and they all differ slightly on how to make it and whether to use soda ash or cream of tartar for example.
Does anyone have a site they recommend on how to make Woad dye or any tips on making it?

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Re: Woad and how to make the dye

Post: #260669 sleepyowl
Thu May 17, 2012 8:17 am

They used to mix it with urine too
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Re: Woad and how to make the dye

Post: #260670 gregorach
Thu May 17, 2012 8:20 am

I don't know the details of the process, but I do know that it stinks so badly that woad-makers were always forced to live and work well away from any neighbours...
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Re: Woad and how to make the dye

Post: #261220 matowakan
Thu May 24, 2012 2:28 pm

Maybe I will give that a miss for a while and investigate the soapwort!!!!

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Re: Woad and how to make the dye

Post: #261222 gregorach
Thu May 24, 2012 2:44 pm

If you want to give it a try, this might be the place for you: http://www.woad.org.uk/html/extraction.html

There's no mention of a hideous stench, so that might be related to medieval processing techniques, which I believe involved some sort of fermentation...
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Re: Woad and how to make the dye

Post: #261450 matowakan
Mon May 28, 2012 9:09 pm

Thanks Dunc for that site, I am def going to give it a go now!
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Re: Woad and how to make the dye

Post: #261493 Zech
Tue May 29, 2012 5:44 pm

I know nothing about this, but I know who does, and she doesn't seem to have spotted this thread yet.

http://colouritgreen.wordpress.com/2011/10/22/woad-dyeing/
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Re: Woad and how to make the dye

Post: #261561 red
Wed May 30, 2012 10:32 pm

Zech wrote:I know nothing about this, but I know who does, and she doesn't seem to have spotted this thread yet.

http://colouritgreen.wordpress.com/2011/10/22/woad-dyeing/



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