Natural Dyes, Natural Dye Extracts & Tannins

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Create colours from nature – here you can buy from a large choice of natural dyes and extracts.

Natural dyes give subtle and varied results on textiles depending on the method used to draw out the colour. The natural dye extracts bring purity and a level of consistency in colour results.

We suggest you experiment with the dyes and keep notes on how you arrived at the finished result. A great way to do this is to start with the Fibrecrafts Natural Dye Kit which includes a selection of natural dyes and mordants to get you started. The kit includes instructions on how to achieve the best colours from your natural dyes and further information about natural dyeing can be found in our Blog & FAQs.

Natural Dyes

The quantity of natural dye required will vary depending on which dyestuff is used, the method employed to extract the colour, the quality of the water, and the type of fibre to be dyed. As an indicator, the dry weight of 500g of materials will require approximately 250g dried madder to produce a medium red, whilst just 30g of Cochineal will be required for the same quantity of material. Increasing the amount of dyestuff will intensify colours. We recommend experimentation, and if you wish to repeat colour results, careful note keeping of the methods used.

All natural fibres can be dyed using Natural dyes. Some of the dye colours will fix to the material without any assistance, although most will need help to make them colour and wash fast. A mordant is used to tint colours and to make them wash fast on wool and silk, while cellulose fibres such as cotton and linen will need to be treated in a solution of Aluminium Lactate to make the dye “stick”. See here for a choice of mordants

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Alder Buckthorn Bark 100g – Yellows / Browns

£3.76
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Alkanet 100g – Greys / Purples

£3.40
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Annatto 100g – Oranges

£4.00
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Birch Bark 100g – Pinks

£2.40
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Bloodroot 25g – Reds

£6.70
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Brazil Wood 100g – Reds / Browns

£7.50
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Chamomile 100g – Yellows / Greens

£2.40

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Chestnut Dye Extract – Greys / Browns / Tannin Mordant

£2.75£10.00
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Cochineal (whole) 25g – Reds / Pinks

£6.40

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Cochineal Dye Extract – Reds

£17.00£65.00
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Cutch 100g – Greys / Browns / Black / Tannin Mordant

£3.40

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Cutch Dye Extract – Greys / Browns / Black / Tannin Mordant

£3.50£13.00
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Dyers Green Weed 100g – Yellows

£3.40
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Elderberries 100g – Greys / Purples

£3.40
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Fustic Chips 100g – Yellows / Tannin Mordant

£3.40
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Goldenrod 100g – Yellows / Greens

£3.40
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Heather Flowers 100g – Yellows / Greens

£2.75
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Henna 100g – Oranges / Browns / Tannin Mordant

£2.40

There are no Material Safety Data Sheets available for Natural (plant derived) Dyes unless indicated in the product description. Safety data sheets provide information on chemical products and are intended to help users to make a risk assessment when handling those chemicals. They describe the hazards of the chemical present, and give information on handling as well as storage and emergency measures in case of accident. Some plant derived dyes have a low level of toxicity, however handling natural dyestuff is no more of a risk than preparing a meal with dried seasoning or baking a cake with flour (see more on the safe handling of dyes). Data sheets are provided for the chemical products we sell and are found here.