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I can't wait to see what you make with all this!


Wow! I am so very impressed with your dying projects. You are so organized! And what lovely colors of yarn and wool you have to work with now. Thank you so much for posting all that information!

prairie mouse

fantastic! and congratulations, that has to be the biggest post, ever! and i did enjoy the no link to mother nature yet!


SO interesting!! I love that rosy color on your spindle. And your blues are just lovely.


Wow! what a great post! Really great information. It's all so fun to play with - don't you think? I like to make up a bunch of dyes and paint the rovings, then when you spin them, they're sort of varigated. Your pictures are so wonderful!! Great job!


Brilliant, you did it! I'm deifinitely going to have a go at this now. I'll let you know how it goes!


Thank you SO much for this post.

Georgia Parsons

this is an awesome introduction into dyeing. I am having a go right now...with indigo...very complicated and I am such an impatient person. I hated chemistry at school...but if I had known that it could be useful for this kind of thing I may have paid more attention! And I'm awaiting your dyed wool I bought with great excitement...no idea what I'll use it for, but I will probably justt admire it for a while.


I was happy to find this tutorial while searching for some clue as to how to dye with pomegranate. So glad you wrote up your little intro!


this is exactly what i've been looking for!
i was just looking at those very same books that you have listed over there about natural dyeing and this tutorial is a perfect intro for me. when the weather gets nice i'm hoping to get to play with natural dyeing. thanks for sharing this tutorial.


i just happened on your blog and thank you for the dye info! Your results are lovely...


This is a wonderful resource. I've always been suspcious of dyes, but you've shown us that it's possible to create beautiful color naturally. Thank you!


Congratulations and thanksgiving too, because i was dyeng with pomegranade, onions leaves , and other , I was obtained good resuls with them, but i canĀ“t get green color.In your blog I was learning so much about this topics.

Teri Pittman

Madder is sensitive to heat. There was an article many years ago in Spinoff about doing a long cold mordant in alum (I believe it sits for a month.) The dyepot is kept a bit under 100 degrees F. The long dye times gave a dark ruby color. I'll try to keep track of your blog and will post more details when I find the article this weekend. I've always wanted to pull those lovely red colors out of madder.


Natural dyeing textile
Why red colour after time migrates from madder? Could you give me some recipe how to achieve good fixation, better lightfastness and rubbing?
Thanks in advance for your reply.

Sang Yeon, Kim

what a great colors~~!!
Please visit our web site for silk scarves for natural dyeing.

Thank you

Marilyn Jackson

I too had wool 'Tango'd' by soaked/dried madder roots. (Madder extract produces a fine terracotta red with a tinge of purple if you use exceptionally hard water....I made sure mine was.) My latest experiment is with ivy berries which produced a disappoint greige at first then a lovely grey/green.

Loved reading about your naturl dyeing results.


Your 'tutorial' is delightful. I am completely new to this process and was looking for information to help me dye a jumper. It is made from hand-spun wool and has already been dyed yellow with onion skins. I would like to change this to brown or green using natural dyes and wonder how to go about it. All books seem to specify boiling the wool and I am concerned that this would shrink, felt or spoil the jumper. Any advice you could offer would be much appreciated. Thank-you!


I found your blog when searching for images of dandelion-root dyed yarn. I was going to subscribe to your feed and noted you said you wouldn't be posting any more, too bad this is a very helpful post.

I'm going to bookmark your blog and come back.

By chance are you a fan of Mary Jane Butter's Farmgirls? From the titles of some of your posts you would fit right in.

kristine brown

i just found a great green color that i love by playing around with some plants. i used st. john's wort that i had tinctured a few years back, so it was just the tincture in alcohol. when you put the wool, silk or cotton in it plain, it turns a blah pinkish salmon color. BUT, add alum and water and yippee! green. :)

here's a link to my flickr group that shows the silk and baby t dyed with it: http://www.flickr.com/photos/herbalroots/4767798342/in/pool-herbalrootszine/

i left it to sit overnight and then washed out. very pretty. very easy.


Hi, I just stumbled over this post. I'm crazy about dyeing with plants, but I haven't tried vat dyeing with indigo yet (that's still to come). There is a wonderful way to achieve green with reed: Simply mordant with alum, pick the red "flowers" of reed (I usually dye at a ratio of 1:4 fiber to dyestuff), dye as usual. You can see some of my outcomes here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/25894277@N06/2795434059/in/set-72157625113027768
Thats my absolute favorite natural dye :)

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