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”

Alkanet Root Dye

Alkanet Root Dye Recipe for Linen, Cotton and Cellulose Fibres Alkana Tinctoria for 100 grams of fibre 20 grams Alkanet Root Rhubarb Dye Powder Soak the Alkanet in a glass jar overnight with a bit of alcohol. This helps to release the dye pigment from the Alkanet. I leave the jar outside as the alcohol … Continue reading “Alkanet Root Dye”

Himalayan Rhubarb Plant Dye

Himalayan Rhubarb Dye Recipe for Linen, Cotton and Cellulose Fibres Rheum Emodi for 100 grams of fibre 20 grams Himalayan Rhubarb Dye Powder Put Himalayan Rhubarb 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 the … Continue reading “Himalayan Rhubarb Plant Dye”

Brazilwood Dye

Brazilwood Dye Recipe for Linen, Cotton and Cellulose Fibres Caesalpinia Sappan for 100 grams of fibre 20 grams Brazilwood powder – Caesalpinia Sappan Put Brazilwood dye powder 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 “Brazilwood Dye”

Madder Root Dye

Madder Root Dye Recipe for Linen, Cotton and Cellulose Fibres All cellulose fibres, yarns and fabrics must be scoured prior to mordanting or dyeing. Please see my previous article on how to do this. How to Scour Linen For these samples, I used several different linen and cotton fabrics as well as wool yarn. Unbleached … Continue reading “Madder Root Dye”

Fungi Dye: Phaeolus schweinitzii

Phaeolus schweinitzii fungi produces Yellow, gold natural dyed yarns

Natural Dyes – 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 a … Continue reading “Natural Dyes – Black Bean Dye Recipe”

Natural Dyes – Madder: blmadder

An organic dye recipe for dyeing yarn with Madder root.