I have put these pictures together today for my friend Mouse. He is taking hemp twine and making it into an exciting product. I have been helping him out by putting a bunch of materials and time towards this project to help figure out how to solve some problems we had in getting a few of the things we are doing to work. Dyeing hemp is tricky. Only so many materials out there will even dent it.
Its great to see something get started and take off. I can’t wait to see how this idea grows.
The hemp twine.
I wrap up 4 balls into 1 skein.
To wrap up the twine in a skein, I used a swift. Tie it into one point and twirl the thing from the top.
Used up 8 balls of twine. 4 balls in each skein. Just under 1 pound for each skein. Around 400 grams each.
Using turmeric with no mordant keeps everything edible. I use my pasta pot on the stove.
It holds about a gallon of water (4L). I add 1/8 of a cup of turmeric.
I heat it up for a bit so I can keep stirring. Then add in the twine.
The twine sits in the pot while it gets to a boil. I turn it over with tongs occasionally. When it gets to a hard boil I turn the heat down to a slow boil, and keep turning over the twine until it reaches a colour I like.
Take it out from the dye bath and rinse with cold water.
Hang to dry.
I did not use any special resistance tie techniques, I wanted an even coating of colour across as much of the twine as possible.
Hope you all enjoy this close look at natural dyeing on Lisa’s Monday Macro too!