Our new yarn, SilverSpun® Silk, is a glorious blend of American grown Combed Cotton, Tussah Silk and Silver. Each skein is hand dyed using the best natural dyes available. We are very proud that we are using only natural dyes for this yarn and thought it might be helpful to share what botanical dye(s) we used to create the beautiful colors of the SilverSpun® Silk color pallet.
Today we take a look at, "Brick Dust". The intense, deep red color of this yarn was created using Quebracho Rojo.
Quebracho Rojo – Found in the Gran Chaco region of Argentina,Quebracho (Schinopsis quebracho-colorado) is a dense hardwood that is commonly used as fuel for the legendary Argentine barbecue but it is also an important tannin for the leather industry as the heartwood contains between 20-30% tannin. Recently quebracho has been listed by winemaking suppliers as it is used to resist oxidation of red wines as well as impart flavor. Quebracho is suitable for dyeing cellulose fibers and also performs well on silks and wool, and yields a lovely pinkish peach to brown rose color. Try Quebracho on wool with aluminum acetate as your mordant for a brightened color effect. When overdyed with indigo, it creates a deep steel gray-blue.
You can find this color, as well as all the other beautiful naturally dyed colors of SilverSpun® Silk here.