Jernalderfarvninger2 / Iron Age Dyeings2

Rejnfanblade. Nøglet med dybere farve kølede af i farvebadet natten over. Picture1:
Bregne. Nøglet til venstre er gråt garn. Det gav ikke så meget farve, det er nok lidt sent på året at farve med bregne. Picture2:
Fyrsvamp. Picture3:
Krap. Nøgle til højre er farvet i efterbadet. Picture4:

Røllike. Picture5:

In English:
Picture1: Tansy leaves. The darkest one cooled off overnight in the dye pot.
Picture2: Fern. The skein to the left is grey yarn. Only gave a little colour, it’s probably a little too late in the year to dye with fern.
Picture3: Tinder fungus
Picture4: Madder. The skein to the right is dyed in the same dye pot, 2. batch.
Picture5: Milfoil/yarrow.


  • Comment to Nina
    There are many things that influence what colour you get with madder. One that is often overlooked is that the water must be “hard” (high dH (american: ppm calcium))as opposed to soft. That means that the calcium content of the water must be high.
    This is very important as it has a big effect on the colour. Soft water gives orangy colour.
    Since I live in a country that lies on old seabed, the water naturally has a high calcium content, but you can buy and add it.

  • Tinder fungus (“Tøndersvamp”) grows quite abundantly in Denmark. Its latin name is Fomes fomentarius. It has “tinder” in its name because it used to (also back in the viking age) be used to catch the spark, when you lit a fire.

    There are other types of fungi that can also be used this way.

    I found a page in English with information on the use of tinder fungis:

  • and what is “tinder fungus”???
    vandy in Wareham

  • I really enjoy your posts, especially your dyeing. Your Madder colours are exceptional, as I haven’t yet found the way to get those lovely reds. Seeing all the other plants your use is quite inspirational. Thanks for making your blog bilingual

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