growing plants for natural dying

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growing plants for natural dying

Post: #225129 naomij
Thu Mar 03, 2011 6:06 pm

I have just started to have a bash at dying cotton and wool with natural dyes...it would be fab to grow the materials in my own measly garden. Has anyone tried this? I am a very inexperienced and not awfully enthusiastic gardener, I am ashamed to say. My garden is dark and clay and blurgh. Apparently woad is easy going though?

Thanks for any thoughts

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Re: growing plants for natural dying

Post: #225131 red
Thu Mar 03, 2011 6:12 pm

woad is fairly each yes

other easy ones are rhubarb leaves (yellow), buddleia (yellow) and onion skins (yellow)

in fact, apart from woad, most natural dyes seem to be in the yellow - beige range.

we got a light green from nettles.
pale purple/pink from elderberries (though berry dyes are sposed to fade )

if you can get hold of Jenny Dean's book on dyeing with wild materials, thats excellent, as is her blog
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Post: #225132 greenorelse
Thu Mar 03, 2011 6:26 pm

Hmmm. I was thinking, well, you usually plant rosemary for remembrance.... :oops:
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Re: growing plants for natural dying

Post: #225140 naomij
Thu Mar 03, 2011 6:53 pm

red wrote:woad is fairly each yes

other easy ones are rhubarb leaves (yellow), buddleia (yellow) and onion skins (yellow)

in fact, apart from woad, most natural dyes seem to be in the yellow - beige range.

we got a light green from nettles.
pale purple/pink from elderberries (though berry dyes are sposed to fade )

if you can get hold of Jenny Dean's book on dyeing with wild materials, thats excellent, as is her blog


thanks will def look at her blog in a mo! I think I might have to try rhubarb in my horrid garden too then.

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Re: growing plants for natural dying

Post: #225141 naomij
Thu Mar 03, 2011 6:54 pm

greenorelse wrote:Hmmm. I was thinking, well, you usually plant rosemary for remembrance.... :oops:


oh knickers I spelt it wrong :oops: :lol:

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Re: growing plants for natural dying

Post: #225170 Nomada
Fri Mar 04, 2011 10:18 am

Does anyone know how easy madder is to grow, I'd love to try it.
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Post: #225279 frozenthunderbolt
Sat Mar 05, 2011 9:14 pm

onion i have used nicely.
I completely failed to grow both woad and madder from seed - i'll have another bash though
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Sun Mar 06, 2011 9:53 pm

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Re: growing plants for natural dying

Post: #225430 becks77
Mon Mar 07, 2011 10:48 am

Turmeric is a nice one , changes colour in different acid and base concentrations
http://www.wildcolours.co.uk/
http://www.pioneerthinking.com/naturaldyes.html
http://www.pburch.net/dyeing/naturaldyes.shtml
Here's few websites with very nice pointers
Best of luck :icon_smile:
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Re: growing plants for natural dying

Post: #225472 naomij
Mon Mar 07, 2011 6:16 pm

becks77 wrote:Turmeric is a nice one , changes colour in different acid and base concentrations
http://www.wildcolours.co.uk/
http://www.pioneerthinking.com/naturaldyes.html
http://www.pburch.net/dyeing/naturaldyes.shtml
Here's few websites with very nice pointers
Best of luck :icon_smile:


thanks for all the replies :icon_smile:
can you grow turmeric here then, wow! Off to check out your links now.

Am trying some rhubarb today, if I like it will have to plant some :flower:


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