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Information about Dyes and Color

Color Test
Take this short test and see why you are drawn to a certain color.

Crock Pot Dyes
How to dye yarn in a slow cooker.

Rya Yarns

Make a Dye Box
Instructions for how to make a dye box in order to stay safe when working with chemicals.

Lichen Dyed Slippers
A workshop on lichen dyes and a free pattern for knitted slippers.

Rainbow Dyeing
Creating a multitude of unique rainbow shades is quite easy.


Handspun Silk Top
A demonstration of Rainbow-dyed silk dyeing.
Mirror Warp Throw Project
This mirror warp throw project demonstrates the technique of overdyeing unmatched wool yarns to
create harmonious colors.

Urine, Fleece and Natural Dyes
Did you know that urine has been used as a mordant for natural dyes?

3 to 120
A color dye study to create 120 rainbow shades from 3 prime colors.

Solar Oven
Make a solar oven for dyeing yarns using a cardboard box.

Shibori – You Tube

About Batik
The Big on Batik site gives information about this resist dye technique.

Association of Textile Dyers, Printers and Finishers of Southern California
The ATDPF has a selection of photos illustrating how greige goods are dyed and finished to
create wearable fabrics.

Batik
Dyeing

Paula Birch has a wonderful site about dyeing, including instructions on batik, tie-dye, and
hand-dyeing.

Chemical Safety Information
The Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory has info on chemical safety, lists of
incompatible chemicals and other important information to be aware of if you are working with
dyes and chemicals.

Dye History from 2600 BC to the 20th Century
An impressive historical list of natural dyeing through the ages.

The Art and Science
of Dyeing
The Rivendell Educational Archive gives a history of natural dyes and a natural dye colour
chart.

Cozy’s Making Shibori Fabric
Tutorial
Step by step instructions for shibori, wrapping, scrunching, dyeing, unravelling.

Dyeing with Kool-Aid,
Easter Egg Dyes and Food Colors

A project you can do with your kids, to make yummy coloured yarn.

Dyeing Fibers
The Wool Works Craft site has a discussion about dyeing with Easter egg dye.

Dyes and Dating Caucasian
Weavings

An article by Steven Price, describing how dyes help determine when a rug was woven.

Fashion Color
Forecast 2002

The Spin2Knit site predicts that blue will maintain its position as the most important color of
the decade.

Health &
Safety: Hazard Communication–Your ‘Right to Know’
When working with hazardous materials, such as dyes, bleaches, ammonia, there are some safety
concerns you should be aware of.

Information Sheets
G & S Dye has informative instruction sheets on Procion and Acid dyes, immersion and direct
application, silk painting, microwave dyeing, marbling and other ways to use dye.

Natural Dyes and
Medicine
Rosemary Jacobs explains the connection between vegetable dyes and the pharmaceutical
industry.

Synthetic
Dye Collection
From the labs at Florida State University, synthetic dyes are viewed under a microscope.
Beautiful colours!

Color Games

Kent Trust – Color Mixer
An on-line game that teaches how to mix colours.

More about Dyes and Colour

Make a Dye Box
Instructions for how to make a dye box in order to stay safe when working with chemicals.

Natural Dyes

Natural Dyes
Information and dye recipes for using natural and vegetable dyes and mordants.

Dyes and Mordants
A table of recipes for natural dyes and mordants.

Dye Lessons
Dye lessons and projects for the classroom.

Mushroom Dyes
Information about dyeing with fungi.

Synthetic Dyes
Information about working with synthetic dyes.

Books about Dyeing

The Dyer’s Garden
This comprehensive guide walks readers through a garden season from design to planting to harvesting for the dyepot.
UK: Dyer’s Garden

Eco Colour: Botanical Dyes for Beautiful Textiles
Using dyes of the leaves, roots, and flowers to color your cloth and yarn can be an amazing journey into botanical alchemy. In Eco Colour, artistic dyer and colorist India Flint teaches you how to cull and use this gentle and ecologically sustainable alternative to synthetic dyes.
UK: Eco Colour

 

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