Category Archives: Homemade Dyes

Making Natural Dyes from Plants

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Did you know that a great source for natural dyes can be found right in your own back yard! Roots, nuts and flowers are just a few common natural ways to get many colors. Yellow, orange, blue, red, green, brown and grey are available. Go ahead, experiment!

Creative Knitting – Dyeing Naturally!

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Knitting with a yarn that you have dyed to match your own exact colour needs is a truly creative knitting experience.

How to Make a Tie-Dye Shirt in 12 Simple Steps

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Have you ever wondered how to make tie-dye shirt? Here is how with this easy to follow step by step guide. You’ll be styling your very own homemade shirt before you know it! You will need the following materials;

Shibori-Japanese Tie Dyeing


Shibori is a method of shaping and binding fabric in such a way that when the piece has been dyed and the bindings removed, certain areas of the fabric have more dye than others. This is called bound-resist dyeing. Read on for five easy techniques.

Indulge Your Inner Hippie and Learn to Tie Dye

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Even if you’re not a child of the 60s, you’ve probably had the pleasure of owning and wearing tie dye clothing.

Tie Dying With The Masses


How To Group Tie Dye In The Classroom-Summer Camp-Or For Parties!

Woodturning Tips

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Dyes, Coloring Wood For Dramatic Effects

Natural Dyes – Why Use Them?

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Natural dyes produce an extraordinary diversity of rich and complex colours as well as unexpected results, making them exciting to use.

Early Indigo Dyeing & Printing Methods

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In the 16th century, India’s textile workers discovered how to make color dyes adhere to cotton and linen, thus making it colorfast.

Shawls, Scarves & Accessories

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Part One of a Six Part, Six Color Guide to Natural Dyes

Natural Dyes – The Top 3 European Dye Plants


For thousands of years, the three main European dye plants were, and still are, woad, weld and madder.

Natural Dyes

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It is believed that our color selections are mostly unconscious, yet they influence every moment of our life.

Use Turmeric to Make Your Own Hand Dyed Yarn


Making your own hand dyed yarn can be fun, rewarding and cheap. It’s not that difficult to make either, and with a little practice, you’ll making yarn that is beautiful and unique. Here’s a recipe using turmeric.

Turmeric Dyeing of Silk Fabric



In recent years the usage of natural dyes and colors for fabric dyeing has witnessed its revival due to hazardous experience due to effects of synthetic dyes and chemicals. The natural dyes are eco-friendly, harmless and non-toxic in nature.

Natural Dyes – Tropical Dyes From Wood


Brazilwood, logwood and fustic are famous traditional natural dyes that produce bright colours on wool, cotton and silk; brazilwood yields rich reds, logwood purples and fustic strong yellows.

Natural Dyes – Tips For Getting Bright Colours on Wool

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I will share with you some secrets that I have learnt over the years on how you can get bright and strong colours with natural dyes.

Natural Dye Techniques by Buddhist Monks

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Have you ever wondered why the robes worn by the Buddhist monk’s were yellow or orange? How did they choose and dye the materials they have? Have you ever wanted to dye cloth similar to the Buddhist ideal?

Homemade Gift Idea- Tie-Dye

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This is a homemade gift idea we had some fun with a number of years back.

How to Tea Dye

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If you’re looking for a little help on how to tea dye, you’ve come to the right place. But first – why tea dye?

Creating Natural Dyes for Baskets

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There is a fascination about colouring one’s own material that only one who has proved it can understand.