Logwood Natural Dye
Logwood comes from a tree native to the West Indies and the Yucatan Peninsula. The heartwood yields a dye that gives pinks, blues, purples and greens depending on the mordants.
- Use clean, premordanted wool or yarn.
- Measure the Logwood chips or sawdust (25% – 50% WOG) into a nylon stocking and into small dish.
- Add water and allow to sit overnight.
- The dyebath should be purplish-red. If it is brown, add washing soda, a teaspoon at a time, until the dyebath turns purple-red.
- Pour the stocking and the water into dyepot filled with hot water and simmer for 1 hour.
- Add premordanted fibre or yarn into the dyepot and simmer for 1 hour.
- Allow the dyepot to cool.Remove the fibre or yarn from the dyepot, rinse and let dry.
- Remove the fibre or yarn from the dyepot, rinse and let dry.
- Try alum or tin premordants.
- You can reuse the exhaust dyebaths to create other colours.
- Try overdyeing with Osage Orange for greens, or with Saxon blue Indigo for dark blues.
More Organic Dye Recipes
Cotton/Hemp blend yarn dyed with Logwood
Look for some of my organically dyed Logwood hand spun yarns on Etsy.
Natural Dye Books
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