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Dyeing with Cochineal – Tingindo com cochonilha

September 5, 2011

A while ago I did this little experiment but, as I have been away for the holidays, only now am I posting the result. Dyeing with cochineal is fantastic – the rich tones that can be obtained and the concentration of the pigment are extraordinary. I also tried to see if portuguese orange-tree cochineal worked but I was mistake – only cochineal that grow on a certain cactus have dye.

I have plans for a big violet sweater. The wool, of handspun portuguese merino, like this one, must be dyed all at the same time. I already bought a huge pot – but I am still missing the yarn! Maybe I’ll start knitting around Christmas…

Já há algum tempo que tinha feito esta experiência mas, com as férias, só agora mostro o resultado. Tingir com cochonilha é absolutamente fantástico – a riqueza de tons que se pode obter e a concentração do pigmento são extraordinárias. Tentei ver se as cochonilhas portuguesas das laranjeiras também dão cor, mas estava enganada – só as que crescem num certo cacto servem.


Tenho planos para uma grande camisola violeta claro. A lã, de merino português, fiada por mim, igual a esta, terá de ser toda tingida ao mesmo tempo. Já comprei uma enorme panela – mas falta ainda o resto do fio! Talvez no Natal se comece a tricotar…

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