Woad Vat

The frosts are coming so it was time to cut back all of my Woad and Japanese Indigo plants. I harvested about 800 grams of fresh leaves from about 10 woad plants and about 250 grams of fresh leaves from the Japanese Indigo plants. There are many different instructions on how to make a Woad … Continue reading “Woad Vat”

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”

Eucalyptus Leaves Dye Recipe

Eucalyptus Dye Recipe for Linen, Cotton and Cellulose Fibres On a recent trip to Greece, I collected some Eucalyptus leaves and took them home in my suitcase. I let them dry and then crushed them for use in my dyepot. for 100 grams of fibre 50 grams dried Eucalyptus Leaves Put crushed Eucalyptus leaves into … Continue reading “Eucalyptus Leaves Dye Recipe”

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”

How to Scour and Mordant Cotton and Linen

The secret to successful natural dyeing of cellulose fibres, yarns and fabrics such as cotton and linen is thorough scouring. The scouring process removes natural oils, waxes and pectins from the fibre so that the dyes can penetrate the fibre more readily. Scouring and mordanting cellulose fibres is a more time consuming process than when … Continue reading “How to Scour and Mordant Cotton and Linen”

Spin Flora Dot Com

When I was asked by the AGWSD to teach a workshop on spinning flax this coming summer at their Summer School, I started to do some research on spinning with plant fibres. Never did I expect to fall down such a large rabbit hole! I started by ordering a few small sample packs of different … Continue reading “Spin Flora Dot Com”