I’m Dying to Try Natural Dye

April 28, 2010 at 8:59 am 3 comments

The yard is bursting with dandelions and guess what? I found a very nice list of natural dyes on the web. But wait. There’s more!

I also found a great dye pot at Goodwill just yesterday. Price: $2.99. Someone must have given up on canning tomatoes. :-) Of course, I put it down to take a pic and immediately the inspection team showed up. Well, at least the younger members of the inspection team.

Newton in dyepot

Newton in the Dye Pot

Basted in dyepot

Bastet in the Dye Pot

Now if I could just send them both outside to pick the dandelions.

Oh wait, that’s what kids are for, right? ;-)

In fact, I remember my 2nd grade teacher announcing one Spring day that we were all going lion hunting that afternoon. Imagine the excitement! Imagine the trepidation!

Imagine the disappointment when we were all given bags and taken out to the school yard to pull the heads off the dandelions. Well, it wasn’t total disappointment. After all, we all got outside on a sunny spring day instead of being cooped up in the stuffy classroom.

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  • 1. homespunlife  |  April 30, 2010 at 11:10 am

    In the spirit of full disclosure, the lion hunting happened in first grade, not second. Duh. Obviously second graders would never be THAT gullible. :-)

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  • 2. Donna aka OldTownTreadles on Ravelry  |  May 2, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    Back in the day, I’d pay the kids a few pennies for each head.

    Check your local library for cool books on natural dyes. You’d be surprised at what will turn out the nice colors. If I recall correctly, you need a mordant of some kind.

    When I dye, I use kool aid. You have to watch out to not get the brand sold in Panderias because it has actual fruit slipped into the powder, and it will make your fleece very sticky. Regular ol’ unsweetened unenhanced kool aid works just fine. I’ve even tye died a batt with kool aid as a dye.

    Not as eco friendly as dyes from the flowers and barks, but readily available at .10 a packet it’s a frugal find, and the colors!

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  • 3. homespunlife  |  May 3, 2010 at 8:36 am

    Tie dye a batt? Excellent! Give it up Donna. How did you do it?

    My sister has been doing some kool aid dyeing with good results. For some reason I was thinking the kool aid dye is not as color fast as others. Anyone know?

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