The secret to successful natural dyeing of cellulose fibres, yarns and fabrics such as cotton and linen is thorough scouring. The scouring process removes natural oils, waxes and pectins from the fibre so that the dyes can penetrate the fibre more readily.… Read more...
Phaeolus schweinitzii – Mushroom Dyes
Phaeolus schweinitzii – Yellow, gold
3 litres water
25 grams alum
10 grams cream of Tartar
Bring to boil and then let cool
100 gram wool yarn tied in skeins
Rinse the clean washed yarn in cool water
Add the yarn into the cool mordant bath and bring it to 80-90 C degrees
Simmer for 1 hour
Remove and let cool
Fungi Dye Bath
If using dried mushrooms soak them in water for a few hours until soft.… Read more...
A Tin (stannous chloride) mordant can be used to obtain different colour variations than Alum (another commonly used mordant for natural dyeing.… Read more...
Natural dyeing is usually a 2 step process. The yarn or fibre must be soaked in a mordant,
that prepares the fibre to absorb the natural dye substance.… Read more...
Whenever you use dyes, there is always a health risk involved. Some dyes and mordants are poisonous, so use them with caution.… Read more...