Posted 10/3/2008 7:28pm by Eugene Wyatt.
Weld (reseda luteola) is a plant native to Europe and has been used as a dyestuff since medieval times. Vermeer is said to have glazed weld over an indigo blue to produce the once brilliant, but age darkened, greens of Girl with a Pearl Earring (ca. 1666).
Dye Weld at 3% WOF for the dark hues (as in the yarn photo above), 1% WOF for light hues after having mordanted the yarn with Alum as described in Natural Dye Workshop 9. Follow the Immersion Dyeing procedures outlined in the Natural Dye Workshop 10.
From my newfound passion for bicycling comes the name for this bright yellow yarn, Maillot as in maillot jaune. Lance Armstrong, the 7 time winner of the Tour de France, has worn the color well. After 2 years in retirement, he will ride the Tour once again in 2009. Je vous souhaite bonne chance, Lance.
Yarn in Maillot is available from the Naturally Dyed Yarn department of the Yarn Store.