Natural Dyes – Hollyhocks

Natural Dyes
Natural Dyes

Hollyhock blossoms produce rust and red natural dye colours. Also mauves, magenta, pinks and tans depending on the colours of the blossoms and mordants used.

Difficulty Level:
Average
Time Required:
4 hours

Here’s How:

  1. Use fresh blossoms from Hollyhock plants. Remove them from the plants and add them to a dyepot filled with water. Soak the flowers overnight.
  2. Simmer for 1/2 – 1 hour and strain.
  3. Add Glauber’s Salt to the dyebath and mix thoroughly.
  4. Add clean, premordanted wool into the dyepot.
  5. Simmer for x-about an hour or until sufficient colour is obtained.
  6. Allow the dyepot to cool. Then remove the wool and rinse.
  7. Let dry.

 
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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