Back in March I posted the “before” as I prepped to dig my madder root after 3 years of Texas sun and Texas well water (heavy on the limestone/calcium). So here is the big dig photos.
I separated out the leaves, the large roots and the thin runner roots. The leaves are soaking (yes, since March) and I plan to run a yellow dye path with them. I dried the large roots and the thin runner roots and set them aside. The shrinkage from drying was about 90%. I’ll have to dig out my #’s but it was significant. I let the roots dry thru the Texas spring heat from about March 27 to about April 18th.
I did my lazy dyer method with the smaller roots, which was minimal effort, and got a nice coral on my silk. The roots went back into an Everclear alcohol soak to see if I could pull more color. I still need to run the big roots but want to use my new silk. AND of course, I haven’t mordanted that yet. Always something to catch up on!