Did you know that you can make your own fabric printing inks with things you’ll find in the nature? 😀 Continue reading DIY Natural Fabric Printing Inks
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
Today I made more dye experiments with red cabbage. This time I made a dye bath with red cabbage and baking soda. Continue reading Red Cabbage + Baking Soda – Dye Samples
I’ve finally finished the silver dog collar for challenge 10 of the Historical Sew Monthly! 😀 Continue reading Silver Dog Collar – Historical Sew Monthly
‘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
Here are some dye samples I’ve made using black beans. Continue reading Black Bean Dye Samples – Purple, Grey Green, And Blue
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
Iron liquor is very useful: as mordant for fabric, to weather wood and dye leather naturally black. Iron liquor is easy to make at home and really cheap. In this tutorial I’ll show you how to make DIY iron liquor. Continue reading How To Make Iron Liquor For Dyeing
I washed my fabrics and yarn, which I dyed with red cabbage, in the washing machine. Continue reading Red Cabbage Dye Samples after the Washing Machine
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