The leaves of the Clematis make a very nice yellow natural plant dye.


Difficulty Level:


Time Required:

2 days

Here’s How:


  1. Cut Clematis leaves into small pieces and soak in water overnight.
  2. The next day add the Clematis mixture into a large dyepot filled with hot water.
  3. Simmer the mixture on low heat for 2-3 hours.
  4. Add clean pre-mordanted wool fleece or yarn into the dyebath.
  5. Simmer on low heat for 2 -3 hours.
  6. Remove the dyepot from the heat and leave the wool in overnight. It will continue to absorb more colour.
  7. Remove the wool from the dyepot and rinse in cool water. Let dry.


  • Using more leaves and leaving the wool in longer will produce darker colours.
  • Try different mordants for various shades of yellow and green colours. (e.g. Alum, Tin, Iron) 
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