Category Archives: Dyes & Dyeing

Experimental Botanical Print with Leaves using Alum Mordant

Botanical Eco Printing with Leaves

Print with leaves found in the garden or out on a walk; explore, experiment and take notes! Creating these Botanical Prints is so satisfying as each experiment will give you a different result.  You can find further information about this technique from our Blog post Botanical Printing – an overview or search the internet to […]

Botanical Printing – an overview

Overview of Botanical Prinintg

Botanical Printing, Eco Printing, Botanical Dyeing, Eco Dyeing, Botanical Inks – just some of the terms being used to describe this increasingly popular and exciting approach to transferring plant colours and patterns onto fabric and paper. The varying methods use leaf and flower cuttings to extract colour and ghost-like images of the foliage. The potential […]

Experimental Botanical Print with Petals using Alum Mordant

Botanical printing using petals

Here is a first attempt at creating a Botanical Print with petals gathered from around the garden (you can find further information about this technique from our Blog post Botanical Printing – an overview). It is difficult to get a clearly defined print with petals as the colours tend to bleed into the fabric. A […]

Ice Dyeing with Procion MX Dyes

Ice dyed cushion cover

Ice dyeing is a technique for creating random patterning on fabrics (or fibres and yarns!). The dyeing method below uses Procion MX dyes on cotton fabric.   Here is how Cara created her one-of-a-kind ice dyed cushion covers for her garden.  Preparing the fabric for ice dyeing You will need to use linen, viscose or […]

Natural Dyeing with Designer Alice Temperley

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We’re thrilled to have been mentioned in an article by Rachael Dove in The Evening Standard recently. “How to dye your old clothes with Alice Temperley” shares how to bring new life to discarded garments – using Fibrecrafts Natural Dyes! Award winning British designer Alice Temperley MBE, explains how she uses Madder, Cochineal and Logwood […]

Eco Printing by Yvonne Appleby

Eco Printing Leaves

Customer Yvonne Appleby has very kindly sent us some photographs of her Eco Prints on watercolour paper. Ash Leaves “My first attempt at eco printing was, to my great satisfaction and no small surprise, a success. The leaves used were Sweet Chestnut, Ash, Wych Elm, Ivy, Cotoneaster, Yarrow, Bracken and Tansy.” Yvonne used the following […]

Silk Painting with H Dupont Classique Silk Dyes

Painting with Dupont dyes

George Weil has sold litres and litres of H Dupont Classique Silk Dyes to customers during the last two decades. These liquid dyes are used with protein fibres such as silk, wool, feathers, mohair and cashmere, and are more popularly used by silk painters. A Beginner’s Silk Painting using H Dupont Classique Our colleague Cara […]

How to Steam Set Silk Dyes in the Microwave

Steam fix silk dyes

The silk painters’ favourite, H Dupont Classique dyes, provide bright and clear colour results on silk fabric. Although the iron fix silk paints offer a fair alternative, they do leave the fabric a little stiffer than a dye. This stiffness effects the drape of the fabric while dyes retain the fluidity. Our image shows silk […]

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