Hey y'all! We are super excited to pass along this information because we have found the internet to be lacking when it comes to quebracho roja. So this can hopefully fill in some of those holes. Picking quebracho was a real stretch for us, because we had never worked with it before. However, after traveling around Arizona a bit on our residency it was definitely the right choice. The pink/salmon/peaches it is most well known for are everywhere there. So let's get started!
What you'll need:
-Quebracho roja extract
-A non-reactive pot that you'll never EVER use for food
-A water kettle or other source of boiling water
-A scale that give you ounces & grams
-An old jar
-Something to mix it all with!
-Not pictured: moon water :)
Get your scale out, along with your fibers. We are using a silk chiffon that we scoured (boiling the fibers in synthrapol & soda ash for about an hour) and mordanted in aluminum acetate (at 7% weight of goods) and oak gall tannins (at 7% weight of goods). You don't need to tannin silk, but we wanted to see if it would change the color of our final product. Quebracho already has a bunch of tannin in it, so even if you are using cotton you could skip tannining or just use significantly less.
Weigh out your goods so you know what amount of dye you need. You can achieve really soft blushy roses from 10% weight of goods (wog), but we are seeking something a bit richer so we went with 30% wog. Use your parchment paper here so you don't cross contaminate your scale - and it makes it super easy to pour. You can now add your fiber into a soaking bucket to get it ready for dyeing.
These extracts from Botanical Colors are interesting to work with. You really need to make a concentrate first, or else you'll end up with a sticky mess. You don't want that. So pour your weighed extract into your jar and get some warm/hot tap water to start pasting your extract up. Try & get out as many lumpy bumps as possible here! Your extract will be this luscious garnet/ruby color. When you've gotten it as smooth as you want it pour in your boiling water.
Let your extract sit in the boiling water for five or ten minutes. Stir if you wish. The boiling hot water helps break down your paste into a fully liquid solution. This is also the time that you can check on your soaking fabrics. Rotate them around and make sure they have fully absorbed the water. After your five or ten minutes pour in the liquid concentrate into your pot with enough water to cover your fibers completely.
At this point you can do one of two things:
1. You can put this on a heating source and raise the temperature of the dye bath to just under a boil. Simmer for an hour & then turn off the heat. Let it sit in the pot over night so it sucks up all the dye it can get.
2. If you are lucky enough to live somewhere where you have some nice sun just leave the dye bath out in the light for a day. You can also leave the fibers in the dye bath overnight to finish it off.
Rinse, wash with some soap, & dry! Share your images with us on instagram & let us know if you found this tutorial helpful.
With love & light & beauty,
Ashton & Claire
Posted on a Last Quarter Moon