The Sorta Kinda Lab On Mordants This Time

Today I did a lab on how mordants affect yarn colors from natural dyes. I used the same book I used for the other lab. The natural sources I used were blackberries, onion skins, (decaf) coffee, and (Lipton) tea. It was so exciting to see the results. I was definitely shocked when some of the colors were extreme (which is really nice to have since I’ve only really seen very nice and soft colors from natural dyes online).  Continue reading


So, what is the chemistry behind it? Part 3

So, this is the subsequent post to Part 2 if it wasn’t obvious by now. This post is going to be about acid dyes, how it interacts with wool, why you soak yarn in water, and what mordants are for! (Warning, slightly long post)Continue reading

So, what is the chemistry behind it? Part 1

I read through The Chemistry of Natural Dyes by Dianne N. Epp and WOAH did I learn a lot! And now I have an explanation for what’s going on which is personally exciting! In this post I’m gonna talk about Keratin. It’s what wool is made out of.  Continue reading

What the heck is a peptide!?

My awesome mentor bought a book called The Chemistry of Natural Dyes by Dianne N. Epp. The book goes into the chemistry of dyes, wool, mordants and pretty much anything you need to know about dyeing. I’m so excited because there’s chemistry in there and explanations! The other sources of information I found simply talked about what happens and what to do, but never explained why or what happens chemically.  Continue reading

Science Folks Aren’t All Weird

While doing my thing on Tumblr I stumbled upon a blog named This Is What A Scientist Looks Like. It’s mind blowing to see that scientists are normal people with normal lives. Before this blog, when I thought of a scientist I thought of someone without friends to be honest and someone who is close to 100% invested in their work.

It’s great that a blog like this exists because the US is in lack of scientists and I think this can make it “cool” again. “You can be super smart like a scientist but you can also be attractive and have a normal life!”