Natural Dye Plants

International Mushroom Dye Symposium
Mushroom dye workshops, lichen dyes.
Dyeing with Beets - Beta vulgaris - are fun to experiment with in your kitchen. Although not very colourfast, they will produce shades of rust/red or tan colours.
How to Dye with Beets
Dyed Easter Eggs and Beets
lichen dyes
Lichen dyes
Bloodroot - Sanguinaria canadensis, can be used to dye reds, pinks, and orange colours.
How to Dye with Bloodroot
Boletopsis grisea
The Boletopsis grisea mushroom can produce lovely green and olive shades of colour.
Boletposis Mushroom Dye
Natural Dyes - Part 2
Natural Dyes - Part 3
Natural Dyes
Information and dye recipes for using natural and vegetable dyes and mordants.
Burdock Root
Burdock Root - Arctium lappa produces a yellow dye, and also has medicinal properties.
The Clematis is not only lovely and fragrant, but its leaves also make a yellow dye for wool yarn.
A how to recipe for dyeing with Cochineal.
The blossoms of the Coreopsis can be used to make yellow and orange dye.
Cortinarius Semisanguineus
The Cortinarius Semisanguineus mushroom produces oranges, pinks and reds.
Cortinarius Mushroom Dye
Hapilopilus rutilans
The fungi Hapilopilus rutilans gives mauve and purple colours.
Hemp Dogbane
The inner fibre of Hemp Dogbane - Apocynum cannabinum, was used by the First Nations for spinning into twine, and rope.
Hollyhock blossoms give various shades of pinks, reds, mauves and tan colours depending on the colour of the blossoms and the mordants used. It's stalks can also be used for making paper.
Indigo - Saxon Blue
Directions for dyeing with Saxon Blue, a pre-mixed Indigo solution.
Lady's Bedstraw
Lady's Bedstraw - Galium Verum, produces reds and yellows. It is also used for cheese rennet and medicines.
Phaeolus schweinitzii
The Phaeolus schweinitzii fungi gives yellow and gold colours.
Pisolithus arhizus
The Pisolithus arhizus puffball mushroom produces rich browns and gold colours.
Red Cedar
Many tree barks will produce a dye, including the Western Red Cedar.
Rhododendron leaves will produce yellows, oranges and shades of green, depending on the mordants used.
Rhubarb Root Dye
A recipe for dyeing with rhubarb roots to make yellow, orange or red shades.
Russett Buffalo Berry
The fruit of the Russett Buffalo Berry or Soapberry - Shepherdia canadensis produces a red dye.
Strawberry Blite
Strawberry Blite - Chenopodium capitatum, grows as a common weed. Both the fruit and the entire plant can be used for dye to produce pinks and red colours.
Sweet Woodruff
Sweet Woodruff - Galium Odoratum gives reds and yellows. It is also used for medicines, teas and wines.
White Bedstraw
The roots of White Bedstraw yield pink and red colours.
Yarrow - Achillea is used for yellow, tan and green dye colours.
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Alum Mordant
How to make an alum mordant for dyeing wool yarns.
Mordant for Linen
How to make a mordant for linen and cotton yarns.
Tin Mordant
How to make a mordant for linen and cotton yarns.
Dyes and Mordants
A table of recipes for natural dyes and mordants.

More About Dye Plants

American Meadows
Plant your own wildflower meadow for use in your dyepots.
Blue Skirts Golden Belts
Viking Age textiles in Finland may have used mushroom dyes for vivid colour.
Lichens and Dyes
Lichens have been used as a food source, medicine and a dyestuff for centuries.
Mushroom Dyes
How to recipes and instructions for dyeing yarn with mushrooms
Wildflower Farm
Do you want to plant your own garden of wildflowers? Wildflower Farm has an abundance of seeds for you.
Using Natural Dyes
Dyeing wool with Brazilwood, Indigo and Osage Orange.


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Dyes and Mordants

Natural Dye Books

The Art and Craft of Natural Dyeing: Traditional Recipes for Modern Use
Wild Color: The Complete Guide to Making and Using Natural Dyes
A Weaver's Garden: Growing Plants for Natural Dyes and Fibers
Craft of the Dyer: Colour from Plants and Lichens
A Dyer's Garden
The Chemistry of Natural Dyes (Palette of Color Series)
Natural Dyestuffs and Industrial Culture in Europe, 1750-1880 (European Studies in Science History and the Arts, 2)
Colour Cauldron
Mushrooms for Color
The Rainbow Beneath My Feet: A Mushroom Dyer's Field Guide
Complete Natural Dyeing Guide


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