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Plant/Natural Dyes

Facebook Twitter Eco Dyeing Christine Latham 7 December 2015 Bridgetown Pottery Restaurant Cost $45 Materials $10 for silk scarf (if using) Three hours of science, magic and fun is called Eco dyeing.

You will be shown actual examples of Eco dyeing, see photos of previous beginners works and be given notes to continue at home. You will participate in methods of folding and bundling, dyeing silk, muslin and paper with such things as eucalyptus leaves, Sheoak needles and rusty nails, all brewed in pre prepared dye baths for several hours, left overnight to cool, then unwrapped and revealed the next day.

Previous participants have learnt new skills, made new friends, and had loads of fun and amazing results! Maximum of 10 participants Bring: An Apron or old shirt or old clothes, 2 balls of white kitchen string, 2 x Copper piping or wooden dowelling, 25 cm long, no less than 1 cm diameter. Plant Material etc Small rusty nails or bits of rusted iron. 190 gsm Watercolour paper if you want to do some on paper. Eco-dyeing: Capturing the colours of country with Kay Lee Williams. NITV: You've been working on textiles, including scarves, for several years.

Eco-dyeing: Capturing the colours of country with Kay Lee Williams

How long have you been creating these scarves? Kay Lee Williams: I’ve been doing scarves since around 2012, so not long really. Unfortunately I work full time, so at times don't get a lot of time to do as much as I would like. Eucalyptus dyes — Sally Blake. Recipes For the project I used the same recipe for every dye-pot so results from the different plants could be compared.

Eucalyptus dyes — Sally Blake

Below I have outlined the specific recipes for this project. However if I am making dyes to colour materials for artworks my recipe wouldn't need to be so precise. Basically I use a non-reactive (stainless steel) pot big enough to hold the materials to be dyed. Next I would nearly fill the pot with leaves and then add water until the leaves are covered. Project recipes The leaves- from each species I removed 100 grams of leaves from the stalks and flower buds. With the dye liquor onlywith alum as a mordant iron as a mordantcopper as a mordant For the project I only used fresh leaves cut from the trees and processed them within 3 days of collection. Indigo dye discovered in 6,000-year-old textiles from Peru - Science News. Posted The blue indigo dye commonly used in today's jeans was used by pre-Hispanic communities in Peru around 6,000 years ago.

Indigo dye discovered in 6,000-year-old textiles from Peru - Science News

Key points Well-preserved, 6,000-year-old cotton fabric from Peru contains indigo dyeDiscovery pushes back earliest known use of indigo by 1,500 yearsFinding suggests pre-Hispanic communities were very sophisticated Their use of the complex technique involved in creating indigo dye predates its use by ancient Egyptians by about 1,500 years. The finding, published in Science Advances, is based on the analysis of blue pigment in a 6,000-year-old piece of cotton fabric found at an archaeological site in Huaca Prieta, on the north coast of Peru.

The source of the blue pigment was unknown until today's study, which used highly sensitive equipment known as high-performance liquid chromatography to determine it was a plant-based form of indigo. "This discovery demonstrates that their history deserves more attention," he added. Making Natural Dyes from Plants. Did you know that a great source for natural dyes can be found right in your own back yard!

Making Natural Dyes from Plants

Roots, nuts and flowers are just a few common natural ways to get many colors. Yellow, orange, blue, red, green, brown and grey are available. Go ahead, experiment! Gathering plant material for dyeing: Blossoms should be in full bloom, berries ripe and nuts mature. Remember, never gather more than 2/3 of a stand of anything in the wild when gathering plant stuff for dying. To make the dye solution: Chop plant material into small pieces and place in a pot. Getting the fabric ready for the dye bath: You will have to soak the fabric in a color fixative before the dye process. Color Fixatives: Salt Fixative (for berry dyes) 1/2 cup salt to 8 cups cold water Plant Fixatives (for plant dyes) 4 parts cold water to 1 part vinegar Add fabric to the fixative and simmer for an hour.

Dyeing Fabric with Fruit   An Introduction to Natural Dyeing   Choosing Your Plants Begin by looking at what you already have in your own backyard or outdoor space.

An Introduction to Natural Dyeing  

Any plant you have a lot of will most likely produce some color in the dyepot. Generally, the more plant material you have, the more you can add to the pot, and the more concentrated your dye will be. You can use just one type of plant in the dyepot or a mix. This year, I plan to try dyeing with wild bergamot and evening primrose—I have no idea how viable they are as dye plants, but we sure do have a lot of them. A couple things to keep in mind: Make sure the plant is safe to handle and work with. If you’re planning a dye garden (i.e., selecting plants to use specifically for dyeing), keep an eye out for plants with tinctoria in the name (Latin for “color”). Whenever possible, I try to choose native or native-ish plants, meaning plants indigenous to my area or ones that have been grown in the area for a long period of time.

Planting Tips Choosing fibers and mordants. Guest Post: Natural Dye Tutorial from Argaman & Defiance - Madalynne - The Cool Patternmaking and Sewing Blog. How to Dye Fabric Pink Naturally - Cherries. Making Natural Dyes from Plants.