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Eco-Printed Eucalyptus Leaf Dye

Having read India Flint’s wonderful book on eco colour and printing, I discovered that you can get some beautiful natural dyes using Eucalyptus leaves. So during a recent holiday in Corfu, I gathered a bag full of Eucalyptus leaves from the trees that were growing along the roadsides and thought I would give it […]

Black Bean Dye Recipe

I had heard that it was possible to dye yarns using black beans but have never tried it before so last week when I went grocery shopping I looked for some. I purchased a 500 gram bag of Turtle Black Beans from my local Waitrose grocery store.

I placed all of the beans into […]

Madder dye

During winter months, I tend to dye yarns mostly with acid based dyes because they are quick reacting and simple to work with. Now that it is spring and the sun is shining, I can again do some dye work outside so work more with natural plant dyes. Natural dye baths and mordants require […]

Madder Natural Dye Recipe

An organic dye recipe for dyeing yarn with Madder root. […]

Sandalwood Natural Dye Recipe

Red Sandalwood Pterocarpus antalinus Red Sandalwood comes for a tree native to India and Indonesia. The dyestuff is from the heartwood and yields oranges, browns and auburn shades of colour.

Time Required: 3 hours

Use clean, premordanted wool or yarn. Measure the sandalwood (200% WOG) into a small dish. Add alcohol to cover […]

Osage Orange Dye Recipe

How to dye yarn with Osage orange organic dye […]

Logwood Natural Dye Recipe

How to dye yarn with logwood organic dye […]

How To Make a Solar Dye Oven

How to make a solar oven from cardboard boxes […]

This page last edited on June 9, 2013


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