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Sandalwood Natural Dye Recipe: blsandalwood

Sandalwood Dye

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 and let stand for 30 minutes.
  • Put treated Sandalwood into a nylon stocking and add 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.

Tips:
Try alum or tin premordants and/or ammonia afterbaths for different colours.

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Natural Dye Books
Harvesting Color: How to Find Plants and Make Natural Dyes
Harvesting Color: How to Find Plants and Make Natural Dyes
Natural Dyes
Botanical Colour at your Fingertips
A Weaver’s Garden: Growing Plants for Natural Dyes and Fibers
Eco Colour: Botanical Dyes for Beautiful Textiles
Wild Color, Revised and Updated Edition: The Complete Guide to Making and Using Natural Dyes

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Natural Dyes Osage Orange: blosage

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

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Tips:

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

More Organic Dye Recipes

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Osage Orange
Logwood
Mushroom Dyes
Tin Mordant
Alum Mordant
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Natural Dye Books
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Harvesting Color: How to Find Plants and Make Natural Dyes
Natural Dyes
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A Weaver’s Garden: Growing Plants for Natural Dyes and Fibers
Eco Colour: Botanical Dyes for Beautiful Textiles
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Natural Dyes Logwood

Logwood Natural Dye
Haematoxylum campechianum
Logwood comes from a tree native to the West Indies and the Yucatan Peninsula. The heartwood yields a dye that gives pinks, blues, purples and greens depending on the mordants.
logwood dye
Time Required:
12 hours

Logwood Dyed Crochet Cotton Yarn
Logwood Dyed Crochet Cotton Yarn
  • Use clean, premordanted wool or yarn.
  • Measure the Logwood chips or sawdust (25% – 50% WOG) into a nylon stocking and into small dish.
  • Add water and allow to sit overnight.
  • The dyebath should be purplish-red. If it is brown, add washing soda, a teaspoon at a time, until the dyebath turns purple-red.
  • 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.
  • Remove the fibre or yarn from the dyepot, rinse and let dry.

Tips:

  • Try alum or tin premordants.
  • You can reuse the exhaust dyebaths to create other colours.
  • Try overdyeing with Osage Orange for greens, or with Saxon blue Indigo for dark blues.

Logwood Dyed Tote Bag
Logwood Dyed Tote Bag

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Natural Dye Books
Harvesting Color: How to Find Plants and Make Natural Dyes
Harvesting Color: How to Find Plants and Make Natural Dyes
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A Weaver’s Garden: Growing Plants for Natural Dyes and Fibers
Eco Colour: Botanical Dyes for Beautiful Textiles
Wild Color, Revised and Updated Edition: The Complete Guide to Making and Using Natural Dyes

Natural Dyes – Brazilwood: blbrazilwood

Brazilwood
A natural dye plant that gives reds, purples, and pinks and corals.. Brazilwood can be obtained from several trees: Haematoxylum brasiletta, Caesalpinia sappan, C. echinata

Time Required:

4 hours

  • Use clean, premordanted wool or yarn.
  • Measure the brazilwood (100% – 200% WOG) into a small dish.
  • Add alcohol to cover and let stand for 2 hours.
  • Put treated Brazilwood into a nylon stocking and add 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.
  • You can reuse the brazilwood chips in a later dyebath, though they will have less colour.
  • Try alum, or tin premordants.
  • Try ammonia for rich plum colours.

    Cotton/Hemp dyed with Brazilwood
    Alum Tara Powder Mordant

  • Natural Dye Recipes

    Brazilwood
    Madder Dye Recipe
    Sandalwood Dye
    Osage Orange Dye
    Logwood Dye
    Mushroom Dyes
    Brazilwood dye
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    Rhubarb Leaf Mordant
    Alum Mordant

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    How to Make a Tin Mordant: how_tin_mordant

    A Tin (stannous chloride) mordant can be used to obtain different colour variations than Alum (another commonly used mordant for natural dyeing.

     

    Difficulty Level:

    Average

    Time Required:

    90 minutes

    Here’s How:

    1. Use clean, scoured wool or yarn.
    2. Fill a large pot with clean water and heat.
    3. Weigh the yarn or clean, dry fleece.
    4. Using .5% Tin to weight of fibre, mix the Tin into the hot water.
    5. Rinse the wool so that it is damp.
    6. Add the wool or skeins of yarn into the hot Tin mordant mixture.
    7. Make sure that the wool is all covered by the water, if not, add more water to the pot.
    8. Simmer the mordant mixture for x-about an hour at 90 degrees Celsius.
    9. Remove the yarns from the Tin mixture.
    10. The Tin mordant mixture can be reused by adding 1/2 the amount of Tin as previously used.

    Tips:

    1. If dyeing skeins of yarn, make sure that the skeins are tied securely, but loosely in at least 3 places, to avoid tangling.
    2. The mordanted yarns can be dyed immediately, or dried and stored for later natural dyeing.
    3. The Tin mordant mixture is suitable for wools, silks and other protein fibres.

    How To Make an Alum Mordant
    How To Make a Tin Mordant
    Natural Dyes and Mordant Recipes
    MSDS – Aluminum Potassium Sulfate

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    Natural Dyes – Rhubarb Leaf Mordant: how_rhubarb_leaf_mordant

    Rhubarb leaves contain oxalic acid, a poisonous substance, but it can be used as a mordant.

    Difficulty Level:

    Average

    Time Required:

    4 hours

    Here’s How:



    1. Wear rubber gloves and protective clothing.
    2. Cut rhubarb leaves into small pieces and place in a large dyepot filled with water.
    3. Simmer for 2 hours, covered. Avoid vapor inhalation.
    4. Strain the mordant liquid, removing the leaves.
    5. Place clean, wet wool into the rhubarb mordant liquid and simmer 1 – 2 hours.
    6. Allow the mordant to cool before removing the wool.


    Tips:

  • If you grow rhubarb, the rhubarb leaves do naturally compost in your garden and are not generally considered dangerous
  • But Rhubarb leaves contain oxalic acid which is toxic. Store covered and keep away from small children or pets.

  • Rhubarb roots can produce shades of orange and reds.
  • Rhubarb stalks make wonderful pies.

    How To Make an Alum Mordant
    How To Make a Tin Mordant
    Natural Dyes and Mordant Recipes

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  • How to Mordant Cotton and Linen: how_mordant_cotton_linen

    Linen and cotton yarns require a different mordant preparation prior to using natural dyes.

    Difficulty Level:

    Average

    Time Required:

    90 minutes

    Here’s How:

    1. Use clean, scoured wool or yarn.
    2. Fill a large pot with clean water and heat.
    3. Weigh the yarn or clean, dry fleece.
    4. Using 20% Alum to weight of fibre, mix the Alum into the hot water.
    5. Using 10% Tara Powder to weight of fibre, place the Tara Powder into a nylon stocking or small bag. Add it to the hot water mixture.
    6. Rinse the wool so that it is damp.
    7. Add the wool or skeins of yarn into the hot Alum/Tara mixture.
    8. Make sure that the wool is all covered by the water, if not, add more water to the pot.
    9. Simmer the mordant mixture for x-about an hour at 90 degrees Celsius.
    10. Remove the yarns from the mordant mixture.
    11. The Alum/Tara mixture can be reused by adding 1/2 the amount of Alum and Tara powder as previously

    Tips:

    • If dyeing skeins of yarn, make sure that the skeins are tied securely, but loosely in at least 3 places, to avoid tangling.
    • The mordanted yarns can be dyed immediately, or dried and stored for later natural dyeing.
    • The mordant is suitable for cottons, linens and other bast fibres.How To

    Make an Alum Mordant
    How To Make a Tin Mordant
    Natural Dyes and Mordant Recipes
    How to Scour Linen and Cotton before Mordanting
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    How to Make an Alum Mordant: how_alum_mordant

    Natural dyeing is usually a 2 step process. The yarn or fibre must be soaked in a mordant,
    that prepares the fibre to absorb the natural dye substance.

    Alum Mordant
    Alum Mordant

    Difficulty Level:

    Average

    Time Required:

    90 minutes

    Here’s How:

    1. Use clean, scoured wool or yarn.
    2. Fill a large pot with clean water and heat.
    3. Weigh the yarn or clean, dry fleece.
    4. Using 10% Alum (potassium aluminum sulfate) to weight of fibre, mix the Alum into the hot
      water.
    5. Using 5% Tartaric Acid to weight of fibre, add the Tartaric acid to the hot water
      mixture.
    6. Rinse the wool so that it is damp.
    7. Add the wool or skeins of yarn into the hot Alum mixture.
    8. Make sure that the wool is all covered by the water, if not, add more water to the
      pot.
    9. Simmer the mordant mixture for x-about an hour at 90 degrees Celsius.
    10. Remove the yarns from the Alum mixture.
    11. Don’t discard the leftover Alum mordant. The Alum mixture can be reused by adding more water and 1/2 the amount of Alum and Tartaric
      Acid.

    DyeingTips:

    1. If dyeing skeins of yarn, make sure that the skeins are tied securely, but loosely in at
      least 3 places, to avoid tangling.
    2. The mordanted yarns can be dyed immediately, or dried and stored for later natural
      dyeing.
    3. The alum/tartaric acid mixture is suitable for wools, silks and other protein
      fibres.

    How To Mordant Cotton and Linen
    How To Make a Tin Mordant
    How To Wash Fleece
    Natural Dyes and Mordant Recipes
    MSDS – Aluminum Potassium Sulfate

    Where to Buy Alum Mordant

    Dyeing Crafts
    Wild Colours
    Earthguild
    Maiwa Handprints

    Natural Dye Books

    Natural Color: Vibrant Plant Dye Projects for Your Home and Wardrobe
    Wild Color, Revised and Updated Edition: The Complete Guide to Making and Using Natural Dyes
    Eco Colour: Botanical Dyes for Beautiful Textiles
    The Art and Craft of Natural Dyeing: Traditional Recipes for Modern Use

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