Natural Dyes Osage Orange

How to dye yarn with Osage orange organic dye

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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

Tips:

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

More Organic Dye Recipes

Sandalwood
Osage Orange
Logwood
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Tin Mordant
Alum Mordant

Natural Dye Books
Wild Color, Revised and Updated Edition: The Complete Guide to Making and Using Natural Dyes
Botanical Colour at your Fingertips
The Modern Natural Dyer: A Comprehensive Guide to Dyeing Silk, Wool, Linen and Cotton at Home
A Weaver’s Garden: Growing Plants for Natural Dyes and Fibers

The Rainbow Beneath My Feet: A Mushroom Dyer’s Field Guide
Harvesting Color: How to Find Plants and Make Natural Dyes
A Heritage of Colour: Natural Dyes Past and Present by Jenny Dean (2014-06-10)
Wild Color, Revised and Updated Edition: The Complete Guide to Making and Using Natural Dyes
The Art and Craft of Natural Dyeing: Traditional Recipes for Modern Use

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