Cochineal is one of the most colour fast of all natural dyes, and a little goes a long way to making brilliant pinks, magentas and reds.
Cochineal was one of the first ever sources of red dye. The cochineal insect is native to Mexico and Central America, and in the 16th century became one of the world's most valuable commodities! It was so rare and expensive that only nobility could afford wear it- yet even so, some countries created laws to prevent lower classes from wearing royal reds and purple.
This listing includes 10g of dehydrated cochineal in a recycled paper envelop. 10g of cochineal will dye 500g of natural fibres a medium shade of red/pink.
Crush cochineal before using. In order to ensure colour fastness, cochineal should be used with a mordant such as alum or iron.
As with most natural dyes, the colours will be stronger on protein fibres such as wool or silk. Cochineal on cellulose fibres like cotton and linen tend to be paler and more subdued. Synthetic fibres tend not to take up natural dyes.
I accept payment via PayPal, credit card and Etsy gift card. If you'd like to discuss another method of payment, please send me a message.
As soon as I receive your payment, I will prepare your Westlake piece to be shipped out to your mailing address.
I am the only knitter behind Westlake, so please allow 5 days for me to knit, package and mail out your handmade goods. Thanks in advance for your patience!
In order to ensure that your Westlake piece reaches you safe and sound, each smaller hand knit item comes swathed in a bubble envelope. Larger orders will arrive in sturdy poly-mailers.
I package and ship items through Canada Post's regular air mail service, which means that, once mailed, your Westlake Designs creation should reach your door in:
- 2 to 9 business days (within Canada)
- 6 to 14 business days (within the USA)
- 6 to 21 business days (international)
This is the most economical shipping option, and so it unfortunately does not come with a tracking number or delivery guarantee. If your item hasn't arrived within the above timeline, please get in touch.
If you would like your package sent Express (comes with a tracking number and delivery guarantee), please get in touch and I would be happy to send you alternate shipping rates.
Please note the 2016 holiday shipping recommended dates:
~ Within Canada, order by December 12
~ To the USA, order by December 7
~ Internationally, order by December 2
These are guidelines, rather than guarantees. Feel free to get in touch about express or tracked shipping options.
Please note that International and US parcels may be subject to customs fees at the border, depending on the country you're in, the value of the item and, well, luck (the process seems to be random). Unfortunately, this is out of my control, and I cannot be responsible for paying the fees. You can find out specific fees and duty free thresholds from your local postal service.
If you live in Toronto as well, feel free to contact me about pick-up options.
If you want to ensure that your Westlake Design reaches its destination in time for the holidays, please see this Canada Post Guide to Holiday Mailing Dates: https://www.canadapost.ca/assets/pdf/KB/holiday_mailing_dates_2015_e.pdf.
Please order 5 days in advance of their suggested date to allow me to knit, package and mail your item.
If for some reason you aren't satisfied with your hand knit Westlake piece, please contact me and I will do my very best to resolve the problem.
If you would like to refund or exchange your Westlake Design, it must not be worn or damaged. The buyer is responsible for paying the cost of shipping the item back to me. As soon as I receive the item, I will refund its cost minus the original shipping charge.
I package my items with care, but if for some reason your Westlake Design was damaged in the mail, contact me as soon as possible to arrange an exchange of the item. Please take a photo of the damaged packaging before opening.
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I do my very best to take pictures that show an item's colour accurately, however colours may appear different on different computer monitors.
Feel free to contact me regarding custom orders, questions, or comments. I'd love to hear from you!
I also do wholesale and consignment orders in select boutiques.
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