CoreopsisNatural Dyes

Natural Dyes – Coreopsis

The blossoms of the Coreopsis produce yellow and orange natural dye colours.

 
Difficulty Level:
Average
Time Required:
1 day

Here’s How:

  1. Pick the blossoms of the Coreopsis either fresh or after the first frost.
  2. Soak the flower heads overnight in water.
  3. Boil the flower heads for about an hour in the dyepot.
  4. Add clean, premordanted wool to the dyepot.
  5. Simmer for x-about an hour or until sufficient colour is reached.
  6. Allow the dyepot to cool, then remove the dyed fibre.
  7. Rinse and let dry.

 
Tips:

  • You can use the flower heads and the stems of the plant to obtain shades of green.
  • Flowers picked after a frost will produce darker and duller colours. 
  • Addition of an alkali afterbath can give you coral or reddish shades.

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The Art and Craft of Natural Dyeing: Traditional Recipes for Modern Use

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