Natural Dyes – Tansy Flowers

Tansy Dyed Yarn
Tansy Dyed Yarn

Tansy flower tops will give a yellow dye.

Difficulty Level: Average
Time Required: 6 hours

Here’s How:

  1. Use equal weight of tansy flowers to weight of wool. Cut the flower tops of tansy plants when they are in full bloom.
  2. Chop the tansy flower tops into small pieces and place in a dye pot filled with water.
  3. Simmer the dye pot for 1 – 2 hours. Let it cool and sit overnight.
  4. Add the pre-mordanted clean wool to the dyepot.
  5. Bring to boil and simmer on low heat for 2 hours or until sufficient colour is reached.
  6. Turn off the heat and let the dye pot cool.
  7. Remove the dyed wool from the dye pot.
  8. Rinse in cool water, and let dry.

Tips:

  • Tansy flower tops can be picked and dried for use later. The colour will be a bit different than using fresh blossoms.
  • Try different mordants for different shades of colour, such as alum, tin or rhubarb leaves.
  • An alkali solution (ammonia) can shift the colour to an olive brown.
  • The addition of iron can give olive-green shades.
Tansy Dye Pot
Tansy Dye Pot

NMSU Dye Project
Growing tansy and other natural dye plants.

How To Make an Alum Mordant
How To Make a Tin Mordant
Natural Dyes and Mordant Recipes

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 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