Category Archive: Natural Dyeing

Perplexing Persimmons

I have a plethora of persimmon trees, so for the last two years I have been trying to use them for natural dyeing, hoping they would produce a color of their own or… Continue reading

Biodiversity…I Spy…Natural Dyes

Today we present!  (Dun-dun-dah)  Textile Ranger – Plant Detective!!!!  (It would be very helpful if you could read this in the voice of Sgt. Joe Friday from the series Dragnet.) Here in the… Continue reading

Sneak Peeks

It’s been exactly a year since I wove some monk’s belt towels.  That batch did not use up my yarn stash as much as I hoped.  I still have just odds and ends… Continue reading

Natural Dye Lightfastness Results

Last summer I did a lot of natural dye experiments,  I gave the samples a year to rest, and then put them out in the sun for a month to see how they… Continue reading

Summer Dye Wrap-up

I had a lot of fun this summer finding out what colors I could get from plants here on the farm.   Most of them were bland tans, but a lot of them were… Continue reading

Colorious Results

All summer I have been experimenting with natural dyes from the plants in my yard.  After getting many wonderful yellows,  I was full of anticipation to try pokeberries and get red for a… Continue reading

Vacation by Video

Someday I hope to go on lots of textile tours of exotic countries, but for now I am just exploring the documentaries available from Amazon.  Most evenings, I watch a few minutes of… Continue reading

More Beautiful Yellows

Here are the latest results from my dye jars* – Jenny Dean mentions hawthorn in her book Wild Color.  She recommends using the flowers or berries, and says the leaves and twigs will… Continue reading

A Ray of Hope in a Sea of Drab

Well the dye experiments continue.  My earlier trials have been with non-native varieties of sunflowers and pear trees, but now I am getting into the native plants. Here is my dye notebook so… Continue reading

Dye Days of Summer – Pears

For my second dye experiment, I used pear twigs and leaves, soaked in well water for about a week. I put the soaked twigs and leaves in the dye pot with fresh water,… Continue reading