As I write this, we are almost 8 weeks into lockdown with plenty of samples generated but these will continue for some weeks to come I suspect.
I am largely a felting textile artist so I am concentrating on dyeing wool, creating samples in the form of feltable yarn and wool gauze fabric and ,as you'll soon gather, I am pretty much a fast learning novice at natural dyeing. My background in pharmacy does however help with documenting and note taking - details which still appeal to me even so many years after researching at a laboratory bench.
What I propose to do with the samples will come in a later post...but for now I'm just enjoying the process
All dyeing was done in my laundry area, away from the kitchen and food, and using utensils and urns etc that I reserve for this purpose. I tend to wear gloves only when I'm mordanting or modifying the fabric with alum, copper water or iron water, and work with the extractor fan on or an open window, but please take whatever precautions you feel necessary for yourself should you wish to try this.
I also found out quickly that I needed waterproof labels for the fibres to prevent the obvious questions - did I mordant this one? - don't know what others use but cut tags of template plastic were ideal in and out of the pot!
They gave similiar tones of yellows (alum mordanted) and greens (copper modified) depite the plant material being about 400% WOF).