Natural Dyes – Lady’s Bedstraw

Natural Dyes
Natural Dyes

Lady’s Bedstraw
Galium Verum
Bedstraw is found along roadsides and its roots can be used to make a red or pink natural plant dye. The flowers give a yellow dye.

 
Difficulty Level: Average
Time Required: 12 hours

Here’s How:

  1. Collect bedstraw roots.
  2. Chop the roots finely and soak in water overnight.
  3. Boil the roots for an hour in a dyepot filled with water.
  4. Remove the roots from the dyepot.
  5. Add clean, pre-mordanted fleece or yarn to the dyepot.
  6. Simmer for an hour or until the desired depth of colour is obtained.
  7. Turn off the heat and allow to cool.
  8. Remove the dyed yarn from the dyepot, rinse in cool water and dry. 

    Tips:

       

     

    1. The flowers of the bedstraw plant will give you a yellow dye.
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    Natural Dye Books
    Wild Color, Revised and Updated Edition: The Complete Guide to Making and Using Natural Dyes
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    A Weaver’s Garden: Growing Plants for Natural Dyes and Fibers

    The Rainbow Beneath My Feet: A Mushroom Dyer’s Field Guide
    Harvesting Color: How to Find Plants and Make Natural Dyes
    A Heritage of Colour: Natural Dyes Past and Present by Jenny Dean (2014-06-10)
    Wild Color, Revised and Updated Edition: The Complete Guide to Making and Using Natural Dyes
    The Art and Craft of Natural Dyeing: Traditional Recipes for Modern Use

Last Updated on May 13, 2021 by Paivi Suomi

By Paivi Suomi

I've had an interest in weaving, looms, yarns and textiles since I was a small child. I learned to knit, crochet, sew, do needlepoint at my mother's knee. My grandmother was a Saami from northern Norway. I am very interested in studying more about traditional Saami and Finnish style weaving and handicrafts. Paivi Suomi