Try at home: natural dyeing
When we had the flower Creative Challenge in August i started dyeing fabric. I´ve seen all this different dyed fabrics and wanted to try it for myself. I did my googling and found lots of different tutorials, recipes and how-to-do’s. Some demanded a lot of different chemicals and others were less complex.
I was eager to get started so I decided to try this one: How to make natural dye. I had everything I needed at home to get started at home. Water, salt and spices and berries to dye with.
I decided to try and dye cotton, since I had an old sheet, and white wool yarn.
On picture above you see colours from: raspberry, blueberry, gooseberry, birch leaves, red rose, paprika (the spice) and yellow onion.
This is how it works
Step 1: Boil your dye matter with water and two table spoons of ordinary table salt for half an hour.
Step 2: Strain your dye so that you only have the coloured water left.
Step 3: Put your swatches and yarn into the water. Boil for 45 minutes or longer. Hopefully the colour will get stronger with time.
Step 4: Pull your swatches and yarn out of the boiling dye when you like the color and into cold water using pliers.
Step 5: Rinse and let dry.
I tryed blueberry, raspberry and gooseberry. Turmeric, yellow and red onion. And beetroot and birch leaves. Some turned out like you expected like blueberry and tumeric. But beetroot. Not som much colour. Both fabric and yarn turned light yellow. I didn´t see that one coming, but a nice colour anyway.
Easy with great result
This was an easy project. I tried it a few evenings in the kitchen at home and I didn´t make too much of a mess either. I haven´t tried washing my swatches so I don´t know how well the colours will keep.
You find more inspiration at our Pinterest board Textile Dye. There is a lot to explore with natural dye.
On the picture above you see: yellow onion, paprika (the spice), red rose, birch leaves, gooseberry, blueberry and raspberry.
Have you tried fabric dyeing?
What is your favourite technique? What do you want to try next? I´m eager to try bundle dying. But I think I will wait until spring when the flowers are at easy access again.
All the best,
Ann-Charlotte & The Craft Lab team