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Natural Dyes & Mordants

Free Natural DyeNatural dyes give subtle and varied results depending on the method used to extract the colour. Using a mordant will help to make the colour 'stick' and improve colour fastness.

Natural dyes from plants, minerals and insects have been used for thousands of years to colour textiles.

Over the centuries, the variety of colours that can be achieved, and their wash fastness was greatly improved through experimentation with mordants such as alum, iron, tin and chrome to colour proteins such as wool, silk, hair and feathers. Although this method was not suitable for dyeing cellulose fibres such as cotton and linen, the problem was later overcome by using Aluminium Acetate rather than a mordant.

Dried plants offer subtle shades of colour such as pinks from Birch bark, purply greys from Elderberries, and yellows from the mauve flowers of Heather, and many hedgerow plants will also give a good colour.

The best place to start learning about these dyes is to invest in a good book about the subject, visit the Book Shop for more information about natural dyes.

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  Fibrecrafts Natural Dyes

An extensive range of natural dyes providing a rainbow of colour options for experimentation. The dye results will vary depending ...

Price (inc VAT): £2.40

 Natural Dye - Forest Green 25gm

Forest Green Natural Dye

A soluble natural dye derived from fermented natural indigo, pomegranate and ...

Price (inc VAT): £3.40

 Natural Dye - Turquoise Blue Indigo 25g

Turquoise Blue Indigo Natural Dye

A soluble natural dye derived from fermented natural indigo and ...

Price (inc VAT): £3.40

Alum (Potassium Aluminium Sulphate)

Alum is a white powder which can be used as a mordant with natural dyes, and to treat fabrics and paper prior to marbling to help paint transfer.

Price (inc VAT): £8.60

Aluminium Acetate

Cotton (and other cellulose fibres) mordant for use with natural dyes, giving a significant difference in colour take-up and ...

Price (inc VAT): £33.60

Chrome (Potassium Dichromate) Mordant

Chrome mordant for use with natural dyes. Take care with chemicals: can cause irritation to skin, eyes and respiratory system.

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Price (inc VAT): £18.00

Copper (Copper Sulphate) Mordant

Copper mordant for use with natural dyes. Take care with chemicals: can cause irritation to skin, eyes and respiratory ...

Price (inc VAT): £10.20

Cream of Tartar (Potassium Bitartrate)

Assistant for use with natural dyes which helps brighten colours. Take care with chemicals: can cause irritation to skin, eyes and ...

Price (inc VAT): £5.95

Fibrecrafts Mordant Pack

Each mordant pack contains sufficient mordant for a range of natural dyeing experiments with natural dyes and includes 250g alum, 50g each iron, ...

Price (inc VAT): £9.80

Fibrecrafts Pre-reduced Indigo 250g

Use as an alternative to Natural Indigo. A pre-reduced indigo which offers the same unique results as the indigo powders but with ...

Price (inc VAT): £25.50

Fibrecrafts Pre-reduced Indigo 25g

Use as an alternative to Natural Indigo. A pre-reduced indigo which offers the same unique results as the indigo powders but with ...

Price (inc VAT): £6.00

Iron (Ferrous Sulphate) Mordant

Iron mordant for use with natural dyes. Take care with chemicals: can cause irritation to skin and eyes, poisonous if ...

Price (inc VAT): £6.05

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