Vegetable dyed worsted yarn for embroidery - CORAL mixed red shades
This is the wool yarn we use most for our own reproduction embroidery work. It is smooth & slightly lustrous, very dye receptive for our vegetable dyeing process and as close as we've found to the wirey texture of period crewel yarns. Over the years we have used several suppliers, and some add a small amount of mohair. We consider it a plus, both from the standpoint of texture and dye-ability. It is equally suitable for canvas work (like tent stitch or irish stitch) and surface embroidery (crewel). For canvas work it may be used either singly or doubled, depending on the count of the canvas and the effect desired.
Some red vegetable dyes are quite fast to light and washing; others quite fugitive. It is clear, from period recipes and chemical dye analysis that dyers often mixed reds to create beautiful, durable colors. We do the same, using combinations of brazil wood, madder, cochineal and lesser red dyestuffs for this part of our range.
40 yards per twist