Hawthorne Berries 3 rivers dye samples

Amelia Hoskins / Dye Plant Collection, Dyes, Plant Dye / / 0 Comments / Like this
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Hawthorne River Taw estuary
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Hawthorne River Otter banks
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Comparisons of Hawthorne dye results on Ahimsa silk. CENTER: Gold River Taw berries 1st bath. LEFT: River Otter berries over cream dyed silk. RIGHT: River Otter berries over woad blue dyed silk
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Hawthorne berries soaking
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Hawthorne berries after boiling

Hawthorne Dye Bath Preparation 1.

Using berries from Tarka Trail foraging trip along River Taw - found by ditch and field - growing through hazelnut, with briars and nettles.

  • Soak berries for 2-3 days.
  • Boil and simmer for 2 hours, adding water.
  • Mash berries, remove pulp.
  • Soak silk in dye bath pot overnight or for two days.
  • The longer soaked, the darker and stronger the colour.
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Silk soaking in Hawthorn berry dye bath
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Longer soaking for darker result
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LEFT: Hawthorn. CENTRE: Comfrey
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CENTRE: 1st Hawthorn session result. LEFT: 2nd Dye bath. RIGHT: 2nd dye bath with iron modifyer.

Hawthorne Dye Bath Preparation 2.

Using berries from River Otter banks

Hawthorne berries soaked 2 days, boiled, mashed and drained to leave brown liquid. Two silk samples added to dye liquid when cooled to hand hot (to avoid roughening of silks) - soaked in a wide copper pot for a day and overnight. Wash out in gentle hand wash liquid. One sample was cream, and one was a weak dull pale grey woad dyed piece, included to change to a stronger colour. This gave a browny-khaki result.

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Two samples in 2nd dye bath
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Rinsing out silk after soaking

2nd Hawthorne Dye Session

Two Silk samples were stained with blue marks from being placed together in copper pot dye bath, where residue from woad dye was present in one silk.

Did the copper influence the colour?

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BACKGROUND: 1st Session River Taw berries. LEFT: 2nd session River Otter berries RIGHT: River Otter berries with iron modifyer

Both sessions used pond rain water. I may have left the berries soaking longer, or the different Hawthorne trees literally produce a different colour, from being grown by two different rivers. Additionally the copper pot may have had an effect on the River Otter berries: (another dyeing of River Taw berries in copper would prove this)

NOTES:   Add photos for R. Exe hawthorne berries and dyebaths.

[add appropriate RESIZED gold dyed silk result images]

Left:  Logwood - Walnut dark - Walnut light - Comfrey - Hawthorne bright gold (dye bath 1) -  St. John's Wort mid gold.

Right:  Bright gold of Hawthorne silk 2nd from right (dye bath 1)

See more and others' dye procedures on my Natural Plant Dye Pinterest Board.

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