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Makin’ Rope!

Makin’ Rope!, originally uploaded by ABMann.

Via Flickr:
I processed and dyed raw hemp! More nefarious things….


All in al, it only took the day. More time was lost to get soda ash and use the laundro this first time. The synthrapol does a great job preventing staining so I’ll not need to leave the house next time. I should be able to do a full batch in an afternoon.

Next time, I’ll pull the rope – the process helps breaking it in – before dying. Rubbed off some of the dye (should have thought of that) but overall, it was a huge success.

The raw product was pretty soft so I only washed it the once after drying.

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melissa_maples From: melissa_maples Date: October 9th, 2011 11:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Aaaaah, I love these photos. Cool rope!
abmann From: abmann Date: October 10th, 2011 12:49 am (UTC) (Link)
There's little bits of pink fuzz all over the house...
nidea From: nidea Date: October 9th, 2011 07:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nice! I still haven't dyed my cotton. Probably post-TeslaCon, I will get around to it.
abmann From: abmann Date: October 10th, 2011 12:49 am (UTC) (Link)
The rope you were telling me about? What color you going to dye it?
zesty_pinto From: zesty_pinto Date: October 10th, 2011 12:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Very cool; I've done it with reeds to make some tiny cordage, but having actual hemp to use sounds exciting! Was it a workshop of some sort?

abmann From: abmann Date: October 10th, 2011 12:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Nope just something I wanted to do. Lots of research over the last few weeks.
annan_dum From: annan_dum Date: October 10th, 2011 02:52 am (UTC) (Link)
What a glorious, rich color! It reminds me of cordial!
abmann From: abmann Date: October 10th, 2011 12:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
grimreaperess From: grimreaperess Date: October 10th, 2011 08:53 am (UTC) (Link)
That's actually a very nice pink!

I hope you plan to take photos of what you end up doing with it. :D
abmann From: abmann Date: October 10th, 2011 12:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
That sounds like something I'd do.... :)
not_a_girl From: not_a_girl Date: October 11th, 2011 04:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah neat! What kind of dye were you using? I've never worked with hemp before. Have you dyed other fibers? I'd be really interested in a comparison with linen and cotton.
abmann From: abmann Date: October 11th, 2011 12:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
This was my first dye job ever. It was Jacquard procion dye - MX-8B fuchsia.
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