The Recipe

The following procedure is the same for any vegetable dyeing, including madder, weld and buckthorn:
1. Weigh 60 gms POTASH (Potassium Carbonate) and disolve in the 3 litre Mason Jar containing 2,400 mls Water which has not been through a water softening system. Use naturally hard or naturally soft water.
2. Weigh 160 or 180 gms whole or chopped Madder Root (depending on how intense you want your lake) Put the loose Madder Root directly into the Potash solution. Do NOT confine the dyestuff in a bag.
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