Friends far to the south of us have told me that they have only a couple of weeks to harvest their haskap orchard before the berries begin to shrivel. A couple of days ago I took these photos in our orchard. We have several hundred plants which have not been harvested. While the berries do not have the same firmness as when they were first ripe, they are still juicy and flavourful and awaiting our final harvest and will be boiled down, perhaps even in the field, for dyeing wool later in the winter.
We also harvested a great amount of dwarf sour cherries and are interested in seeing how colour-fast these will be as well…
[JT from] the Manitoba Weaver’s and Spinner’s Guild kindly gave me a bottle of the dye juice. Wonderful results! I used 400 grams total of a combination of Shetland/Texel fleece, mohair locks and silk roving. I continued to use the dye bath for subsequent fibres until it totally exhausted. In [the] end I dyed roughly 1600 gams of fibre in lighter and lighter shadings. Thank you for the opportunity to use this dye – I shall order more next summer. – MH
…thank you MH!
Juiced haskap produces a haskap sludge (top left), and a thickened juice upon refrigeration (top right). The results of using juiced hakap in the dye pot turned out to be exactly the same as having used berries, covered in water, heated, and strained.
The end product looked exactly like the skein third from the right.
Dye pot simmering…1 hour…then cooled…
Wool Being Dyed With Haskap from the haskap orchard on Vimeo.
Here’s the results from yesterday’s mordant trials. Using all haskap berries/haskap berry derived products this range of colour was achieved by varying the mordants and application timing. I think that the possibilities are very wide-ranging. Beautiful, no?