15 Jan

There are Lots of factors to consider when deciding what plants to use for dye making, which I will share with you along the way.

Using plants for natural dying does not always get the same results. It can depend on how old the flower or plant is, the seasons and what you try to print on too..

And no matter how many times you do the same process the out comes is never the same. This is why I just love the unpredictability of using natural materials.

This was just a piece of unused grassed area in my allotment. Shaded under trees and i never knew what to grow in this space.

Still needs a bit of work but I have made a bed and have started to add the plants that will be used for dying.

My First Dyes 18/07/2022

The Dye garden is starting to grow and I have taken my first harvest.  Being able to harvest straight from the garden cuts out the middle man. (the delivery man)

Solar Jar Dying

For my first dye I have experimented with the solar glass jar dyes. I have harvested my Coreopsis plants and placed in a kiln jar with tap water. I have put three different fabrics in the jar. All natural fibres. Cottons and Silks. It is suggested to leave for about a week depending on the weather. Right now we are in amidst of a Heat wave hottest day ever recorded. So the Jars are having a good start.

After 24 hours of sitting in the sun.

Cooking Dyes - Beetroot

Most people know about some natural dyes and I suppose most people think of Beetroot and stinging nettles. So today I harvest some beet root. I have chopped some up and put in a solar jar and some I have boiled on the hob.

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