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Sunday, May 2, 2010

NATURAL PLANT DYES

Merino Wool  kettle dyed in spectacular natural colors !
( top left )
onionskins _ rustic orange
sunflower seeds  _ deep blood red
manferns _ soft earthy brown
tumeric spice_ brilliant sun yellow
red cabbage _  mauve lavender

Directions for dyeing wool here.

Trying to get green & blue..... suggestions, anyone??

{{Thanks guys, for all the lovely words on Dolly.
He is getting ready for a special ceremony!}}

11 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness! These are beautiful! It seems like natural dyes often turn out slightly different than what one might expect so it's helpful to have these examples. Thanks! :)

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  2. What great colors, cheers Marie

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  3. Wow, those colours turned out great! I never knew sunflower seed wud dye red.. crazy.

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  4. these are so lovely, off to find some wool to dye xxx

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  5. Just discovered your blog, it's great! The colors look so intense. Great to learn about sunflower seeds as dye material. Thanks.

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  6. I love the cabbage and the sunflower seeds.
    I used alum on my silks

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  7. Oh my goodness, you are amazing! I love that yellow!

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  8. indigo & indigo + tumeric? i don't know what else might make a true blue, but i'll check my books!

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  9. ooo - just found this link for all the colors of the rainbow using natural dyes: http://teachinghandwork.blogspot.com/2010/05/plant-dyeing-silks-for-kindergarten.html

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  10. oh my goodness, the one from the sunflowers is simply amazing, love this so much!

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  11. you should be able to get liquid chlorophyll at a health food store. Haven't used it for dying, it's a very dark green but I know for a fact that it does stain.
    love the deep colors.

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