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Osage dye

Osage Orange Natural Dye
Maclura pomifera
Osage Orange comes from a tree native to Arkansas and Texas. Its wood makes a clear lemon yellow dye.Time Required:
12 hours

  • Use clean, premordanted wool or yarn.
  • Measure the Osage Orange chips or sawdust (25% – 100% WOG) into a nylon stocking and into small dish.
  • Add water and allow to sit overnight.
  • 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.

osage orange yarn


  • Try alum or tin premordants.
  • Try overdyeing the osage orange with other colours such as indigo or logwood. 

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Natural Dye Books

Harvesting Color: How to Find Plants and Make Natural Dyes
Where to find these dye plants in the wild (and for those that can be grown in your backyard, how to nurture them) and the best time and way to harvest them.
UK: Harvesting 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

Dyes from American Native Plants: A Practical Guide
The science of color and dyeing, the history of natural dyes, dye equipment and processing, and the colors obtained from 158 native North American plant species
UK: Dyes from American Native Plants

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