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How To Dye Easter Eggs Naturally

How To Dye Easter Eggs Naturally

Dyeing Easter eggs naturally is really easy and so much fun! 😀

Each Easter we dye Easter eggs with natural dyes. Over the years we’ve tried different vegetable dye materials: vegetables, herbs, teas etc. Onion skins and red cabbage produced the most vibrant colors. But this Easter I also wanted naturally dyed green, pink and yellow Easter eggs! 😀 Continue reading How To Dye Easter Eggs Naturally

Victorian Laundry: Washing And Stain Remover Recipes

Victorian Laundry- Washing And Stain Remover Recipes

‘As the appearance of many articles of dress depends greatly upon the skill of the washerwoman, it is thought that a few hints on the subject may not be misapplied; these have been collected from experienced laundresses’. (The Workwoman’s Guide, 1840, p. 234) Continue reading Victorian Laundry: Washing And Stain Remover Recipes

Black, Purple, And Rust-Colored Dye Samples

Common bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) natural dye
Common bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus)

Here are some more dye samples I’ve made. The first is common bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) on cotton fabric and silk fabric. To get this dark purple color, it’s necessary to use common bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) with dark red flesh; blueberries (Vaccinium cyanococcus) with white flesh don’t work. The fabrics aren’t mordanted. Continue reading Black, Purple, And Rust-Colored Dye Samples

How To Dye Blue With Red Cabbage – Tutorial

how to dye blue with red cabbage

It’s not easy to dye cotton fabric a washfast and lightfast blue with natural dyes (except with indigo and woad).

After reading that iron in the soil makes hydrangea flowers more blue, I wondered if iron mordant could help to fix the blue color to cotton fabric. And after some experiments with different mordants and modifiers and various natural blue dye materials, I’ve finally found out that red cabbage dye + iron mordant produces a beautiful washfast and lightfast blue! Yay!

So in this tutorial I’ll show how to dye cotton and viscose rayon fabric blue with red cabbage and DIY iron mordant. Continue reading How To Dye Blue With Red Cabbage – Tutorial