YELLOW - Tumeric, chamomile, Dried daffodil, Dandelion, solid aster, fennel flowers, onion skin, golden beetroot, bay leaves, 

ORANGE - Paprika, carrot, eucalyptus, 

BROWN - nettle, weeping willow wood/bark, coffee grinds, ivy twigs, 

GREEN - Artichoke, camelia (pink/red petals??), grass, hydrangea, marjoram, peony flowers, peppermint, queen annes lace, red onion, sage, spinach

RED/PURPLE - Basil, hibiscus, mulberry

RED/BROWN - Beetroot, comfrey, crabapple bark, geranium, dried hibiscus, rose hips, wild ripe blackberries

GREY/BLACK - Blackberry, raspberry, walnut hull, poplar

PURPLE - Blueberries, geranium, blue hyacinth, red cabbage

PINK - avocado, Cherries, lichens, respberries, strawberries, roses/lavender (add mint and lemon juice)

To make the dye solution: Chop plant material into small pieces and place in a pot. Double the amount of water to plant material. Bring to a boil, then simmer for about an hour. Strain. Now you can add your fabric to be dyed. For a stronger shade, allow material to soak in the dye overnight.

Getting the fabric ready for the dye bath: You will have to soak the fabric in a color fixative before the dye process. This will make the color set in the fabric.

Color Fixatives (Mordant):

Salt Fixative (for berry dyes) 1/2 cup salt to 8 cups cold water

Plant Fixatives (for plant dyes) 4 parts cold water to 1 part vinegar

Other Mordant: Cream of tartar, iron, tin, alum or chrome

Add fabric to the fixative and simmer for an hour. Rinse the material and squeeze out excess. Rinse in cool water until water runs clear.

Dye Bath: Place wet fabric in dye bath. Simmer together until desired color is obtained. The color of the fabric will be lighter when its dry. Also note that all dyed fabric should be laundered in cold water and separately.


Muslin, silk, cotton and wool work best for natural dyes and the lighter the fabric in color, the better. White or pastel colors work the best.

NOTE: It's best to use an old large pot as your dye vessel. Wear rubber gloves to handle the fabric that has been dyed, the dye can stain your hands. It's also important to note, some plant dyes may be toxic, check with the Poison Control Center if unsure.

BUNDLE DYEING - http://www.designsponge.com/2016/09/diy-bundle-dyeing.html



MUSLIN - $7.99/m

COTTON - $9.99/m

LINEN - $16.99/m








Natural Materials

Pot dyes:

Pinky/purple mix - 1/4 grated beetroot, 2 handfulls wandering jew, 2 handfulls red rose petals, 4 Avocado skins and seeds

Orange mix - 5 Orange hibiscus, 8 x orange rose hips, 3 x orange peels, 2 handfulls orange rose petals (added coffee/yellow grevillia/tea)

Brown mix - 4 x onion skins, 1.5 cm grated tumeric, 2 tbls coffee, ivy twigs


Bundle dyes:

rose petals/hibiscus/afterdark/geranium leaves/geranium flowers/carnation/calendula/avocado/coffee/tea/red cabbage/ivy leaves/beetroot/kale




Things we've learnt

Tumeric = bright yellow!

Chiffon only took on tumeric but not other colours - including bundle dyes

Muslin and Cotton took on colour best

Velvet did not work with the bundle dye and was very pale from other dyes

Calendula (bright yellow) and rose petals were very effective in bundle dyes

Orange combo in the pot didn't really work