Logwood Natural Dye
Logwood comes from a tree native to the West Indies and the Yucatan Peninsula. The heartwood yields a dye that gives pinks, blues, purples and greens depending on the mordants.
- Use clean, premordanted wool or yarn.
- Measure the Logwood chips or sawdust (25% – 50% WOG) into a nylon stocking and into small dish.
- Add water and allow to sit overnight.
- The dyebath should be purplish-red. If it is brown, add washing soda, a teaspoon at a time, until the dyebath turns purple-red.
- Pour the stocking and the water into dyepot filled with hot water and simmer for 1 hour.
- Add premordanted fibre or yarn into the dyepot and simmer for 1 hour.
- Allow the dyepot to cool.Remove the fibre or yarn from the dyepot, rinse and let dry.
- Remove the fibre or yarn from the dyepot, rinse and let dry.
- Try alum or tin premordants.
- You can reuse the exhaust dyebaths to create other colours.
- Try overdyeing with Osage Orange for greens, or with Saxon blue Indigo for dark blues.
Look for naturally dyed yarns in my Paivatar Yarn Etsy shop.
Natural Dye Books
Indigo from Seed to Dye
Indigo: Dye It, Make It: Techniques from plain and dip-dyeing to tie-dyeing and batik, in natural indigo blue
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
Last Updated on March 21, 2021 by Paivi Suomi