Many people say that they never use natural dyes since they are fugitive and don’t last. Well, it depends entirely on what natural dyes you are using. Some natural dye plants advocated by people for ... Read More about Fugitive Natural Dyes: Top Five Plants to Never Use for Natural Dyes
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The extraction method for indigo is different from that used for other, water soluble, natural dyes. Indigo is insoluble in water. It is necessary to reduce indigo before dying with it. This ... Read More about Woad Part Two: Time to Get Indigo
When growing natural dye plants the hardest part is remembering when to harvest. Some plants reach a peak in colour and then degrade. Other plants stop growing, and need to be harvested to continue ... Read More about Woad Part 1: When to Harvest
This is the second article in a series on planning your natural dye garden. Part one was an overview of the colours in the natural dye palette and listed the three primary colours and their prime ... Read More about How to Plan a Dye Garden Part Two: Plants for Yellow
Through January and February, seed catalogues arrive, and people, myself among them, take pleasure in planning the summer's garden. For me, one of the attractions of garden planning is natural dyes. ... Read More about How To Plan A Dye Garden Part One: The Colour Palette.
I became interested in sustainable clothing in grade eight, when I did a science fair project on natural indigo. What I discovered made me not even want to drink Kool-Aid. The dyes used in food ... Read More about 5 Tips for Sustainable Clothing