Non-Traditional Dye Plant Essentials

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Hello, in my last blog post I talked briefly about how for the last three years my garden has had the main focus of growing flowers for their dye results. I tested almost every flower in my garden, but especially the ones that were deep colours, and I have had some spectacular results as well as a lot of underwhelming ones. And I think I have come to a point where I can dial back the frantic obsession of trying every plant in my gardens dye potential as well as only buying plants that have intense colours for their dye potential.

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Natural Dye Sample Tests no.5 of 2016

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Hello everyone, here is the fifth installment of dye tests! Today I am sharing two tests both using dried petals. One test uses hot pink geranium petals and the other uses a mix of tulip petals and dried gentian flowers. This test is different in the sense that I took it on vacation with me so I had to make it travel sized. This wasn’t hard but it was different and it made it kind of fun because these tests can start to seem redundant with the process and this small change was just enough to put more interest in them. And as for the results this time round they were very surprising to me. I thought I would get a brown colour from the test that used a mix of petals and a pink colour from the geranium petals. But that isn’t what happened I wound up getting a yellow colour and a coffee/pink colour (depending on the fibre used).

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Natural Dye Sample Test no.4 of 2016

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Hello everyone, it is time for round four of natural tests for this year. Today we are taking a look at testing out two iris dyes and a poppy dye. I have been collecting the flowers and petals of these in the freezer since the beginning of June. So I thought it was about time to test out some of these plants. The results that I got were quite surprising though delightful.

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Collecting and Storing Dye Materials

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Hello everyone, today I want to talk about how I collect, store and use my dye plants. This is yet another phenomena that I find that natural dye books overlook and it is somewhat an essential part of natural dyeing because most often I am not ready to dye my fabric on the same day that I gather my dye materials. Also living in Canada where plants are not always on hand and many of the more “traditional” dye plants do not grow I like to be methodical and careful when executing my dyeing.

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