Category Archive: Natural Dyeing

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

Dye Days of Summer – Sunflowers

First the results – And then the details. My plan for the summer is to learn about natural dyes from the plants growing wild on the farm.  To simplify my learning process, I… Continue reading

Reading About Red

Long winter nights are a perfect time for armchair travel – reading my way around the world and through the centuries, and learning a little more about textiles. If The Root of Wild… Continue reading

Dye Samples Revisited

In the midst of using up my scraps, I was hunting in the closet for that last little piece of a fabric I needed, and came across all my naturally dyed samples from… Continue reading

Puffball Mushroom Dye

Whenever I notice that I have a whole lot of something growing on the farm, I research it to see if it can be used for a dye.  There were lots of  puffball… Continue reading

Another Day, Another Dyestuff

In spite of last year’s drought, we have a lot of plants thriving in the pasture, so I have been trying some natural dyeing.  A few weeks ago I tried rudbeckia (or black-eyed… Continue reading

Rudbeckia Dye Results

A few days ago I clipped a lot of rudbeckia blooms in hopes of creating a beautiful natural dye. Here’s what I knew about natural dyes: the most common results from dye plants… Continue reading

Back on Track

After a fun month of traveling and having visits from relatives, I am settling back into my usual routine.  I’m caught up on the basic chores – the house is all clean, the… Continue reading