Natural Dyes – Strawberry Blite

The fruit and plant of the Strawberry Blite can be used to produce pink and red natural dye.

 
Difficulty Level:
Average
Time Required:
1 day
Here’s How:

     
  1. Premordant wool using Alum.
  2. Use either the small red fruit or the entire plant. Chop it into small pieces.
  3. Soak overnight in water.
  4. Bring the dyepot to boil and simmer until the berries have lost their colour.
  5. Add the premordanted wool to the dyebath.
  6. Simmer for an hour or longer until sufficient colour is reached.
  7. Allow the dyebath to cool
  8. Remove the dyed yarn from the dyebath.
  9. Rinse and let dry.

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

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