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30 Amazing Plants From Your Garden To Use As Dye

(Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden) In today’s world, we grow edible plants so we can eat healthier, but very few people think of growing plants . . .

Steaming method for natural dyes. Great blog - simplynotable.com shows the process.

Steaming method for natural dyes. Great blog - simplynotable.com shows the process.

If you've wondered what mordants do for natural dyes, here is a quick overview of the top Natural Dye Mordants.

Mordants: An Overview of Mordants for Natural Dyes - Wearing Woad

The majority of natural dyes, whether chemical dyes or natural dyes, adhere to the fiber through a chemical bond. With straight dye and fiber, this bond is easy to degrade and break. However, some compounds can cause the dye to adhere to the fiber. These compounds are called mordants, and are usually metal salts. Natural ... Read More about Mordants: An Overview of Mordants for Natural Dyes

Bream Bay Kindergarten: Opening and closing Karakia

Opening and closing Karakia

The Treaty of Waitangi is an inherent part of our practice where Tikanga and te reo are woven into the fabric of our day...here are our karakia to open and close the day.

Not So Fugitive Natural Dyes: Top Seven Colorfast Natural Dyes

Not So Fugitive Natural Dyes: Top Seven Colorfast Natural Dyes - Wearing Woad

Natural dyes are fun, and enjoyable, but finding out too late that your dye is not a colorfast natural dye is heartbreaking. This list of some of the top colorfast natural dyes can help you have an enjoyable and fun time with your natural dye adventures. Indigo, walnut, and madder are just a few of the colorfast dyes.

Variegated yarn using Wiltons

Dyeing variegated yarn with Wilton's

My pal let me know that she received her yarn yesterday, so I can post the stories of its birth. The first yarn that I attempted (and actually completed) was an orange, brown and green self-striping yarn, detailed in a post I wrote yesterday. As mentioned, I wasn't thrilled with how tangled it got and how many times I had to re-skein it (and the felting that occurred) so I decided to make a second skein a different way. I chose colors that I thought might look neat together (all the shades…

How to spin fine wool from locks

Winter 2008

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The Inconsequential Blogger: Processing, spinning and knitting milkweed fiber

Processing, spinning and knitting milkweed fiber

The Inconsequential Blogger: Processing, spinning and knitting milkweed fiber

Make Fabric From Nettles - YouTube - I'm sure I will never need to know how to do this but it's still interesting.

Make Fabric From Nettles

Watch nettles being turned into fabric. This film shows harvesting, retting, stalk splitting, pith removal, carding, finger-spinning and knitting. This 'fiel...

Retting Flax

Retting Flax

From Gerry, Historical Interpreter: There are many different ways of retting. The retting process is rotting of the inside reedy layer of the flax, so that you can free out the fibers. The Germans use the process of dew-retting, in the fall of the year, when the dew is the heaviest. It is laid out in long thin rows in short grass to collect the nightly dews. It may take several weeks. The problem with this method is that you get mold and mildew on the flax, so the quality is not as good as…

Processing Stinging Nettle fibres - YouTube

Processing Stinging Nettle fibres

Trying to process Stinging Nettle fiber to make it softer and useable. Based upon information of Sunny Savage of Savage Design.https://www.youtube.com/watch?...