Anti-microbial Effects of Natural Dyes

Anti-microbial Effects of Natural Dyes Natural dyes are a good thing. In my research, I came across numerous research studies that have been done in the past several years about dye plants and their effectiveness against harmful microbes such as: Escherichia coli Sarcina lutea Proteus vulgaris Bacillus subtilis Klebsiella pneumoniae Staphylocccus aures Enterococcus faecalis Saccharomyces … Continue reading “Anti-microbial Effects of Natural Dyes”

How to Sew a Face Mask – P2

How to Sew a Face Mask – Part 2 Hem Inside Pocket Edge I created a pocket for this mask so that I could add an additional filter inside for more protection. I used the fabric for the back of the mask and hemmed the outside edge. Face Mask Assembly Pin the Front and Back … Continue reading “How to Sew a Face Mask – P2”

How to Sew a Face Mask

Pleated Facemask Pattern Since I have developed asthma and had cancer awhile ago, I have found it necessary to wear a face mask when I work with fluffy fibre or with dyes. I have been using the thin paper style of mask and haven’t been entirely happy with how they fit. I find that masks … Continue reading “How to Sew a Face Mask”

How to Make Bias Tape

Hww to Make Bias Tape Binding Cut a few strips of fabric on the bias using a rotary cutter or scissors. For this mask, I am cutting the tape to approx. 5 cm width. Sew Bias Tape into Strips Place 2 ends of Bias Tape together at an angle, so that when you sew them, … Continue reading “How to Make Bias Tape”

Sigga Heddle Band Weaving

Sami band weaving has traditionally been woven using a small reed made of wood or bone. The heddle has long slots alternating with small holes for the warp. The band is woven by raising or lowering the heddle and passing the weft through the warp opening. Stoorstalka from Sweden have redesigned the traditional Saami weaving … Continue reading “Sigga Heddle Band Weaving”

Plant Dyes and Your Health

Did you know that textiles dyed with plant dyes can be good for you? As a part of my personal search for a healthier lifestyle, I am on an ongoing quest to learn more about natural plant dyes, their uses and how to achieve the range of colours that plant dyes can produce. In this … Continue reading “Plant Dyes and Your Health”

Flame of the Forest Dye

Flame of the Forest Natural Plant Dye Butea monosperma for 100 grams of fibre 20 grams Flame of the Forest Dye Powder Put Flame of the Forest into dye pot. Let simmer in dyepot for +1 hour at 50 deg. Add pre-mordanted wool yarn and sample fabrics. Let simmer in dyepot for +1 hour. Remove … Continue reading “Flame of the Forest Dye”

Eucalyptus Leaf Dye

I gathered some Eucalyptus leaves during a recent visit to Corfu. Eucalyptus makes a wonderful dye, both from the leaves and the bark. I dyed both wool and some cellulose fabrics (linen and cotton) To make the dye, I used 50 grams of Eucalyptus leaves and put them into a dye pot filled with water. … Continue reading “Eucalyptus Leaf Dye”