Natural Dying: Cochineal

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The red colour from Cochineal beetles (pronounced Koch-i-neel), called carminic acid, has been used in South America since the time of the Aztecs. We ordered ours from Maiwa in Vancouver and used an ice cream scoop to crush the shells into a powder. The top picture is of silk yardage dyed with cochineal and Becca will probably use it to make herself a new tank top or a scarf!