I measured the pH - it had dropped to only 7. I therefore added more washing soda dissolved in water and placed the skein in the bath.
On the next day I repeated the whole procedure - the orange had some more red in it.
Po tretjem dnevu je bila barva precej temnejša. Štreno sem pustila na zraku nekaj ur, da je barva oksidirala. In voila - moja lepa barva!
Zdaj se barva druga štrena volne. Jutri nadaljujem :-)
Posušena in zdrobljena skorja navadne krhlike je videti takole.
The pH dropped again so I added washing soda and let the wool yarn sit in the vat for another day. The temperature was maintained a bit below 40 degrees Centigrade all the time.
After the third day the colour was considerably darker. I let the skein hang in air to oxidize the colour. Et voila - my beautiful colour!
Dried and crushed alder buckthorn barks look like this:
Ko sem na nekaj drobcev nalila vročo vodo s pralno sodo, je takoj začela puščati barvo - lepo rjavkasto rdečo.
When I poured a little hot water with washing soda onto a few small pieces of the bark it immediately discharged colour - a beautiful brownish red.
Tudi to sem uporabila. Tri dni sem v tem pogrevala čimžano belo prejico in sukanec za klekljanje. Na bombažu in pri tako majhni količini krhlike je barve seveda bistveno manj - dobila sem nežne roza.
This was to be used somehow :) I placed a few metres of alum mordanted cotton yarn and bobbin lace thread in the solution and gently heated it from time to time for three days. Cotton takes much less vegetable colour than wool, also the amount of dyeing material was really modest, so there was not much colour to fix onto the yarn - I got pastel pinks.
Barvanje s krhliko je zahtevno in zamudno, ampak je vredno. Meni je barva na volni zelo všeč - pa vam?
Dyeing with alder buckthorn bark is a demanding and lengthy task but a rewarding one too. I like its colours on wool very much - how about you?