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Fibrecrafts Natural Dyes

FIBRECRAFTS natural dyes can be used in all natural dyeing techniques and colours with vary depending on the mordant or method used. We suggest you experiment with the dyes and keep notes on how you arrived at the finished result


Alderbuckthorn Bark

The Alderbuckthorn is a small tree or bush native to Britain. Shades of yellow to brown can be achieved from the bark. See below for Persian Berries


Alderbuckthorn Bark Natural Dye


Used as a natural dye, Alkanet root (also known as Alkanna tinctoria or Dyer's Bugloss) dyes fibres, yarns & fabrics to shades of grey - purple.

Alkanet Natural Dye


Annatto seeds come from achiote trees from the Americas. The powdered seeds can achieve shades of spicy orange.


Annatto Natural Dye

Birch Bark

This dyestuff is capable of dyeing fibres to various shades of pink

Birch Bark Natural Dye


Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) is a woodland plant which is used for both dyeing and medicinal purposes. When used as a natural dye it colours fibres, yarns & fabrics to shades of red.

Bloodroot Natural Dye


Brazilwood chips come from a tropical pulse tree which is commonly used for cabinet making violin bows. It can dye fibres shades of red. We supply a type of Brazilwood sourced from a different genus of the tree, Caesalpinia sappan (also known as Saunderswood). This genus of tree is not included on the CITES list of endangered species.

Brazilwood Natural Dye


This dried herb has a multitude of uses and can dye fibres to shades of yellow through to green.

Chamomile Natural Dye


Carmine (also called Crimson Lake) is derived from carminic acid which can be extracted from dried cochineal. Boil the cochineal in water and treat the clear solution with either alum, cream of tartar, tin to precipitate. This natural dye colours fibres to shades of red.

Cochineal Natural Dye


Cutch powder is derived from Mangrove tree bark and contains tannin. Used as a natural dye, it colours fibres, yarns & fabrics to shades of orange - brown.

Cutch Natural Dye

Dyers Green Weed

This mixture of dried flowers and leaves will achieve shades of yellow when used as a natural dye.

Dyers Weed Natural Dye


Extract the natural dye from dried elderberry (if you can bear not to make it into wine!) and colour your fibres to shades of grey-purple.

Elderberries Natural Dye

Fustic Chips

These chips from the Fustic Tree (Chlorophora tinctoria), which is part of the Mulberry family, can be used to dye fibres, yarns & fabrics shades of yellow

Fustic Chips Natural Dye

Gall Nuts (powdered)

Gall nut powder contains tannin extracted from oak apples or galls and achieves shades of cream-grey - black.

Gall Nuts Natural Dye

Golden Rod

The dried leaves and flowers of the golden rod are used to create colours from yellow through to green.

Golden Rod Natural Dye

Heather Flowers

This versatile pinky mauve flowered plant offers surprising shades of yellow.

Heather Flowers  Natural Dye


Henna powder is from a flowering plant found in Africa, southern Asia and northern Australasia. It can be used as a temporary dye for both skin and hair but is also useful as a natural dye for colouring textiles to shades of brown.

Henna  Natural Dye

Ivy Leaves

These dried ivy leaves will dyes fibres, yarns & fabrics to shades of green when used as a natural dye.

Ivy Leaves Natural Dye

Logwood Chips

This natural dye colours textiles to shades of purple-grey/black. It comes from the Logwood Tree (Haematoxylum campechianum) from Central America and was much sought after in the 17th century.

Logwood Chips Natural Dye

Logwood Powder

Achieve shades of purple-grey/black with this powdered logwood.

Logwood Extract Natural Dye

Madder (powdered)

The roots of Madder (Rubia tinctoria) produce a colour range from red to purple depending on the method or mordant used. A historical dye which was used widely in Europe to dye cotton.

Madder (powder) Natural Dye

Madder (chopped)

See above.

Madder (chopped) Natural Dye

Stone-ground Iranian Madder Root

This superb quality natural dye is imported directly from Iran.

Stone-ground Iranian Madder Natural Dye

Marigold (whole)

Whole dried Marigold flower heads which when used as a natural dye will colour fibres, yarns & fabrics shades of pale yellow - green.

Marigold Natural Dye

Oak Bark

The bark from the oak tree produces tannin which was traditionally used for tanning leather. It can be used as a natural dye to colour fibres, yarns & fabrics shades of beige/tan-grey.

Oak Bark Natural Dye

Persian Berries

Berries from the Alderbuckthorn tree to use as natural dye on fibres, yarns & fabrics, creating shades of yellow. Please note that results will vary depending on method/mordant used.

Poplar Berries Natural Dye

Poplar Buds

These buds from the Poplar tree dye fibres, yarns & fabrics shades of yellow - brown.

Poplar Buds Natural Dye

St Johns Wort

St John's Wort is a herb that has been in use since ancient times as a remedy for anxiety and depression. The flowers also yield a yellow (through to brown) colour when used as a natural dye.

St. John's Wort Natural Dye


The safflower is generally used for the production of vegetable oil but was traditionally used for colouring and flavouring. When used as a natural dye, the dried flowers produce shades of red - yellow.

Safflower Natural Dye


The red wood chips from the Sanderswood tree produce shades of brown when used to dye textiles.

Sanderswood Natural Dye


Sticklac is a resin secreted by the insect Laccider lacca. It contains a percentage of Lac dye which originates in the insect and can be extracted from the sticklac to colour textiles to shades of red. The commonly used Shellac preservative is also a product of sticklac.

Sticklac Natural Dye


Dyestuff from the Tansy flower which dyes fibres, yarns & fabrics to shades of yellow - green when used as a natural dye.

Tansy Natural Dye


Turmeric is a spice made from grinding the roots of the Curcuma longa plant. It is also highly effective as a natural dye and will colour most fibres, yarns & fabrics (including synthetics) to shades of vibrant yellow.

Turmeric Natural Dye

Walnut Husks

The outer husks of the walnut can be used to colour fibres, yarns & fabrics to shades of pale brown when used as a natural dye.

Walnut Husks Natural Dye

Walnut Leaves

These dried leaves will colour fibres, yarns & fabrics to shades of yellow - brown when used as a natural dye.

Walnut Leaves Natural Dye


Weld (also known as Dyer's Rocket and Dyer's Mignonette) is a good source of yellow-green dye.

Weld Natural Dye
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