I haven’t tried most of these, but have heard that they produce colour. If you have had success with any of these dyes please let us know by posting a message to our Facebook Group
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Latin: Chenopodium capitatum
Low lying plant with leaves spaced far apart. Where the leaf joins the stem is a cluster of bright red fruit. Use the juice of the berries for a pink/purple. Try vinegar to set the dye, or an alum mordant.
Scrub the peels clean. Add to bath of vinegar and cream of tartar. Rosey gold. Add premordanted wool (alum)
Also try avocado pits.
Alum – yellow, beige
Ammonia – pale green
Tin – lavender
Vinegar – pink, lilac
Afterbath: add washing soda dissolved in boiling water
Simmer birch bark in dye bath. Add mordanted wool. Simmer.
Colour: pinkish beige
Colour: pale yellow.
(or sometimes blue!)
Hollyhock: Greenish side of Blue
Use 1 1/2 cups of flowers per dye bath.
alum – antique pine
iron – dark brown
copper – chestnut brown
tin – gold
Colour: sage green
Simmer with rusty nails or in an iron pot.
Colour: dark grey
Colour: Coffee cream Choke cherry
Dyeing with Willow Bark
More Natural Dyes
Wild Color, Revised and Updated Edition: The Complete Guide to Making and Using Natural Dyes
This comprehensive book outlines all the necessary equipment, how to select fibers and plant parts, choose the right methods for mordanting and dyeing, test color modifiers and the fastness of dyed colors, and obtain a range of gorgeous colors from every plant, from alter to woad, shown in more than 250 swatches.
UK: Wild Color
The Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes: Personalize Your Craft with Organic Colors from Acorns, Blackberries, Coffee, and Other Everyday Ingredients
This book covers the basics of equipment and safety measures, shares recipes using everything from sour grass to olive leaves, offers instructions for keeping a recipe and swatch book, and lists lots of projects, including tablecloths, scarves, and beads.
UK: Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes