Natural Dye For Easter Eggs

I’ve always been a fan of natural dyes. The colors make me feel like I’m coming home to a flower garden. Some of the prettiest colors come from foods in the kitchen. Who hasn’t wanted to capture the brilliant magenta of beetroots forever? The problem is, most of the lovely kitchen colors are fugitive dyes, …

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Introduction to Eco Printing

What is eco printing? This is a form of natural dyeing using direct-to-fabric or -paper printing from leaves, stems or flowers. Almost all plants have some color in them that can be transferred directly to the surface of fabric or paper, leaving the impression of the leaf shape on the cloth. Generally, the artist India …

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Fibers Under a Microscope

Let’s get up close with some wool, silk, and mohair Nuno felt fibers. Really, really close. I always wanted to see the difference between types of fiber under a microscope, and got a chance today. You see, I live with a science teacher and I decided a few weeks ago that he really needed a …

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Making a Gossamer Felted Scarf

I was curious. How thin could I make a wet felted scarf and still have it be durable? I’ve been playing with Nuno felt, which has a woven silk fabric as the base of the project, with wool felted into the silk for texture, warmth, and softness. But wool makes a durable and soft fabric …

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How To Eco Print

Nature printing, or eco printing, is the art of pressing leaves onto a fabric or paper surface and extracting the natural dyes from the leaf, leaving a perfect print of each leaf’s surface. Some leaves print more clearly than others, but every single time there are surprises when you unwrap your “bundle.” If you haven’t …

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Eco-printing with Cochineal: A Spectacular Combination

Eco-printing is a journey, more than a destination. It is a perfect project for the Infinitely Curious Person and a really frustrating project for The Perfectionist Person who wants standardized results every time. I’m the first one– the Infinitely Curious Person. It’s just that part of my curiosity involves wondering if I can standardize my results at least some …

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Merino Wool Dyed and Dried

I love washing Merino Wool. I love the shine of it. I love the softness of it. I love to spin it when it’s done washing, dyeing, and drying. Today, I figured out a clever method of drying my Merino fleece when I realized I didn’t have a drying rack anymore!   My favorite method …

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How to Shibori With Natural Dyes

  I’ve been playing. Obsessing, really. I broke out the Indigo and started to experiment this week. I wanted to try the Shibori tie-dyeing process using all natural dyes. You see, Indigo is kind of messy– at first. Once you make the initial batch, though, the stock can be used again and again before the …

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Summer Dyeing

The Colorado summer has kept me from the computer for awhile! But I have been busy natural dyeing silk fabric.  My idea of summer fun is to try out natural dye plants from my area. Or to try discovering new ones! This summer’s great adventure was experimenting with eco-printing, in the style of India Flint. I …

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Blue Dye in History

The color blue has long been associated with royalty and riches. Any plant yielding blue dye was considered a valuable commodity, and there are only a couple of plants that do.  It is possible that the rarity of blue color sources is the reason for its value. Until the Industrial Revolution, all dyes used to …

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