Undergraduate Research Journal for the Human Sciences
Natural dyes are not just my hobby but is also what I research at Kansas State University. My paper on the comparison of aluminum mordanted and non-mordante wool and cotton dyed with walnut has recently been published in the Undergraduate Research Journal of Human Sciences.
Somebody should have told me I would become a fiber fanatic.
Today I bundled items from my yard. I arranged the plant matter on top of a piece of mordanted silk and then placed the rolled bundle into a mason jar with boiling water. I plan to leave the bundle in the hot Kansas sun for about a week.
Yarn from dharmatrading.com, naturally dyed with black walnut collected from my backyard in Kansas. Yarn skeins were both mordanted with alum and left nonmordanted. Walnut does not necessarily need to be applied to a mordanted textile due to its naturally occurring Tannic Acid.