1. Black Bean Dye: Dyeing from the Kitchen

    08 Mar 2021

    Black beans were the dye I was most excited to try recently. When researching what dyes I could source from the grocery store, I was faced with images of beautiful blues and teals, I couldn’t believe it! Blues that don’t require a fermented vat! Now I just had to test…

  2. Avocado Pit Dye: Dyeing from the Kitchen

    08 Mar 2021

    Both avocado peels and pits produce beautiful colour. They can be used separately or together to get a variety of shades. In this example I will be using pits only. These pits were collected over time and stored in a bag in the freezer to avoid mold growth When dyeing…

  3. Onion Skin Dye: Dyeing from the Kitchen

    08 Mar 2021

    Who knew onion peels could be used to produce beautiful dyes? Both red and yellow onions produce beautiful colours, but I don’t recommend mixing the two together for you will likely “muddy” the colours. This experiment will focus on yellow onions, which can yield a beautiful range of soft yellows…

  4. Alum Mordant: Dyeing from Nature

    08 Mar 2021

    Coming soon…

  5. Soy Milk Mordant: Dyeing from Nature

    03 Mar 2021

    Soy Milk Mordant Using soy milk as a mordant is very effective for cellulose fibres. Using soy milk adds protein to your cellulose fibres, which allows dyes to adhere more strongly to said fibres.  You can use store-bought unsweetened soya milk, which is easily accessible; or you can make your…

  6. Scouring: Dyeing from Nature

    14 Feb 2021

     Washing and Scouring   The first step to preparing your fibres for dyeing is to make sure they’re clean and ready to receive the mordants and dyes. If you’re purchasing new fibres you need only scour them, but if you’re using second hand fibres it is a good idea to wash…

  7. Resources: Dyeing from Nature

    31 Jan 2021

    Natural dyes are colourants derived from natural sources, be they plant matter, invertebrates, or minerals. The majority of natural dyes are derived from plants. Dyes can be extracted from any part of a plants, and colour will vary based on how the plants are processed and modified. Colour can be…

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