Natural Dye


DIY Natural Fabric Dyes Chart and How To Dye Fabric from Anjou Clothing here. The yellow powder is tumeric and the bottom purple leaves are lavandar. These are the results that she got using 100% natural fabric liked undyed silk. For a how-to on dyeing natural fabrics go to the link (and also read the comments). First seen at Transient Expression here.


Gold and Amber: Hand-Printed Garden Flags

Project: We dyed the muslin with natural dyes from the garden; marigolds, coreopsis, tanzy and yarrow.  Then we block-printed our original designs on the cloth and sewed them together on a string. 


Tree Coffee Table - Sebastian ErraZuriz

Made from the branches of a real dead tree covered in natural dye and topped with tempered glass, this gorgeous table by New York designer Sebastian ErraZuriz would be a fantastic centrepiece in any modern home. He sees the work as a new means of using wood for our furniture, rather than the overuse of wooden boards. 

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DIY “I Am Sherlocked” Sweatshirt Restyle Tutorial from La Vie en Rose here. Lots of tutorials in one post: sweatshirt restyle, how to naturally dye fabric, stamping fabric and making silhoutette character patches out of iron-on patches. 

More La Vie En Rose BBC Sweatshirt Restyles that I posted here:


So those black walnuts I harvested, I saved the hull for dyeing! Black nuts produce a rich brown dye that is colorfast, lightfast and washfast without the addition of a mordant. I never dyed roving before, so this was an interesting new experience for me.

Note to self: don’t be lazy. Filter out the dye solution so you don’t get bits of hull stuck in your wool.

And now…to spin it :-)

@Kinfolkyarn - the ombre dyed one, that’s the roving I got from you :-)

In addition to being decorative, it was believed to ward off illness and evil spirits and bring success in hunting. Additionally, annatto body paint functions as an insect repellant and as a way to alleviate the heat of the tropics. In Yucatán, annatto has even been used as an antidote for the poisonous seeds of Jatropha curcas. Maya texts indicate that the pulp, roots, seeds, and young leaves were used in the preparation of medicines.

From War Paint to Candy Bars: An Extraordinarily Versatile Tropical Plant

And now annatto—or Bixa orellana—will be used to color Butterfinger bars as part of a move away from artificial coloring! Science Talk traces this fascinating plant’s uses across centuries, adding a touch of color in unexpected places along the way. ~LM