It was quite an educational process for me as well as them!
In September of 2000 we moved to New Mexico. The first thing I did the first Spring we were here was plant a dyer's garden. I am also having great fun experimenting with all the wonderful dye plants that grow in this area: Cota, Mullein, Sage, Snakeweed, Chamisa, and Sunflowers, just to name a few. I use these flowers in my natural dye workshop and find I can't look at any plant without wondering what color, if any, I could get from it! I'm hooked!
Why Use Natural Dyes?
I feel the colors obtained from natural dyes have a harmonic - a resonance - a depth that commercial dyes lack.
Hand Dyed Wool
Here is just a small sampling of the colors available with natural dyes. I now knit exclusively with naturally dyed yarn in all of my designs.
Natural Dyeing Workshops
I have started to share all this information that I have been learning about using natural dyes. This has naturally led to a series of workshops to teach others how to dye their own wool! If you are interested in having me teach an Introduction to Natural Dyeing class to your group, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We had so much fun in this dye workshop that if there were any dye left in the baths we would be there still! We dyed yarn using Indigo, Cutch, Marigolds (from my dyer's garden), Cochineal, Brazilwood and Osage Orange and with over dyeing and an ammonia dip, were able to come up with an amazing array of colors.
Natural Dyeing Resource Booklist
Here is a list of the books I have found that have information and formulas on the natural dyeing processes.
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