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Natural Dyes

  • It's never too late to change direction in life and customer Jo Aylwin is living proof! Before training as a solictor, Jo had discovered weaving as a student in Norway in 1975. Although in love with the craft, she did not encounter weaving again for another 30 years. The workshop she attended at UCA Farnham in 2005 rekindled her interest and now sh

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  • Dye-Lishus Cotton Sliver is an undyed, PFD (prepared for dyeing) cotton fibre that has been treated to accept dye colour directly using any dye stuff. The cellulose structure is changed so that it behaves as if scoured and mordanted in preparation for dyeing before it goes to the mill; there is no chemical added to the fibre. There is no need to us

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  • A visit to the Weald & Downland Living Museum takes us on a journey through 950 years of English rural history. There are 50 historical buildings which were carefully rebuilt within the 40 acre site, demonstrations and exhibits, plus an extensive artefact collection housed in the award-winning Downland Gridshell Building. Throughout the year, t

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  • Wild Rose Escapes run craft, wild cookery and relaxation holidays and courses in the heart of the Highlands of Scotland. Their courses include natural dyeing and felt making. We invited owner Rosie to tell us a little more about their craft holidays. "I have been running craft courses in the Highlands of Scotland for over 7 years now and since the

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  • These exciting soluble indigo natural dyes are derived from fermented natural indigo and alkanet. The Turquoise Blue natural dye gives a good blue and at lower concentrations provides a fine teal green. The Forest Green, which also contains fermented pomegranate, produces a deep green. Just 10g will dye 100g of materials to the full colour achieva

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  • Thanks to the wondrous invention of the world wide web, George Weil receive orders for craft tools and materials from all over the world. One of the furthest delivery destinations is the Falkland Islands. Although it is more than 8,000 miles away, there has never been a lost parcel yet! Our sales manager Jo has built up quite a 'close' relationship

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  • Shibori, the ancient Japanese technique of fabric folding and dyeing has been brought right up to date. Traditionally indigo was used to create patterning. However, using modern dyes, discharge agents and fabrics you can easily develop complex patterns. Tying and clamping, dyeing and discharging, re-dyeing and heat setting the fabric creates a new

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  • There are a number of ways to create rust patterns on cotton and silk fabric and here is a simple controlled method. Natural fibres take the rust colours better than synthetic fibres and fabrics should be free from oils or starches. Prepare your fabric by rinsing in a solution of synthrapol and water (half a teaspoon to 5 litres of water). A 5 litr

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  • Natural dyes tend to fall into one of three types, mineral, substantive or adjective. The type of natural dye will determine if a mordant needs to be used. Adjective Dyes There are many adjective natural dyes which only give a worthwhile colour and a good level of wash and light fastness if the fibres are prepared with a mordant. There are a host o

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  • These notes appear originally on the Yahoo Group 'Natural Dyes' and have been reproduced with the kind permission of the author, Dick Huset. "Three years ago after a trip up to the arctic where the big lichen 'ears' have been an emergency food source for eons, I experimented back at home to add new color to my wife's yarn palette. Started with Cast

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  • These alternative indigo dye recipes are reproduced with the kind permission of Alison Daykin at Alison Yule Textiles. Find out more about indigo and how to set up a traditional indigo dye vat. Indigo Dye Vat using Yeast and Sugar Although indigo powder is blue, the indigo molecule does not produce its blue colour until it is oxidised. The indigo b

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  • Here we include an Indigo Dye Recipe and a little about the history of this ancient dye. Indigo is probably the most widely used dyestuff of all time - indeed denim jean material is still coloured using indigo dye as it is extremely wash fast. It was used many centuries before the Christian era in the Far East. Marco Polo saw indigo being prepared

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  • 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 achi

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  • A mordant is required if the colour from natural dyes is to remain wash fast. Materials can be pre-soaked in a mordant and left damp prior to dyeing. The mordants can also be added to the dye bath while the dye is being simmered. Mordanting materials before and after dyeing with natural dyes will add extra fastness. Dyeing without Chemicals The qua

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  • If you've never used dyes before, you may be concerned about their safety, especially when using them for large projects or in the classroom. The two most popular synthetic dyes include Acid dyes and Procion MX dyes. When correctly used, create a permanent bond with the fabric with excellent wash fastness. Acid dyes have been formulated for use on

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  • There are many factors to consider when dyeing fibres with naturally occuring dyes from plants and other materials. Most dyes require the fibre to be first treated with a mordant solution. A mordant is a substance which binds the dye to the fibre. The most valuable and commonly used mordant is Alum. Other mordants, such as tin, iron, chrome and cop

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  • Natural Dyes by Dominique Cardon is the definitive book on the subject of natural dyes and their use. The hardback book includes 778 pages with 560 illustrations, covering the world wide sources and dyeing traditions, along with details of dyeing technology and the science which lies behind colouring with naturally occurring materials. The chapters

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