The First Try

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1. Grind 0.3 ounces of dried cochineal

2. Place in 1 liter of water.

3. Simmer for 15 minutes

4. Let stand overnight.

5. Filter using a metal tea strainer

6. Add 150 ml of dye into each of 5 quart wide mouth canning jars. Each yarn contains 10 yards of 100% wool from Brown Sheep Company

Jar #1 1/2 teaspoon Alum

Jar #2 1/2 teaspoon Alum + 1/2 teaspoon Cream of Tartar

Jar #3 1/2 teaspoon Alum + metallic tin

Jar #4 no treatment

Jar #5 1/2 teaspoon Cream of Tartar

Jar #6 metallic tin

7. Place dye pots carefully in kettle heat slowly to 190 F, and hold for 15 minutes.

8. Let sit overnight.

9. Remove yarn and rinse till water is clean

Discussion: The results were unexpected. Clearly there are some variables which have not been controlled. First using the mordant produced pink in two of the three samples. One sample, #2 was the exception. The mordant and Cream of Tartar produced a wonderfully rich red color. Second, without alum the colors were rich, and was fast even under hot water. So the above recipe produced a variety of colors, BUT not in a predictable manner.