Natural Dyes

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Dye natural fibres (and nylon!) with Natural dyes. Achieve reds from Madder, yellows from Marigold, greens from Weld, purples from Logwood, and blues from Indigo. Use a Mordant to tint colours and make washfast on wool and silk, or use Aluminium Acetate to dye cellulose fibres such as cotton and linen.

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 materal. 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.

Natural dyes give subtle and varied results depending on the method used to extract the colour. A great way sample some of the dyes and mordants is to order the Fibrecrafts Natural Dye Kit.

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