Natural Dyes – Clematis

The leaves of the Clematis make a very nice yellow natural plant dye.

 
Difficulty Level:
Average
Time Required:
2 days

Here’s How:

     
  1. Cut Clematis leaves into small pieces and soak in water overnight.
  2. The next day add the Clematis mixture into a large dyepot filled with hot water.
  3. Simmer the mixture on low heat for 2-3 hours.
  4. Add clean pre-mordanted wool fleece or yarn into the dyebath.
  5. Simmer on low heat for 2 -3 hours.
  6. Remove the dyepot from the heat and leave the wool in overnight. It will continue to absorb more colour.
  7. Remove the wool from the dyepot and rinse in cool water. Let dry.

Tips:

  • Using more leaves and leaving the wool in longer will produce darker colours.
  • Try different mordants for various shades of yellow and green colours. (e.g. Alum, Tin, Iron) 
  • How To Make an Alum Mordant
    How To Make a Tin Mordant
    Natural Dyes and Mordant Recipes
    MSDS – Aluminum Potassium Sulfate

    Natural Dye Books
    Wild Color, Revised and Updated Edition: The Complete Guide to Making and Using Natural Dyes
    Botanical Colour at your Fingertips
    The Modern Natural Dyer: A Comprehensive Guide to Dyeing Silk, Wool, Linen and Cotton at Home
    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
    EBAY – NATURAL DYES
    NATURAL DYES – US
    NATURAL DYES – UK

    Last Updated on March 21, 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