If you're having a hard time finding garden inspiration ideas for your garden plan this year, why not grow some flowers that have a second purpose? Every one of these flowers can be used to create all natural fabric dyes, perfect for all you fabric crafters out there! You can grow each one of these in your own flower garden at home, and get started in one of the oldest forms of crafting there is.
How to turn plants like lavender, nettles, goldenrod, and elderberries into natural dyes for fabrics like cotton, linen plus wool and silk. Use this starter guide to begin creating botanical dyes from your garden.
In this blog post I'll share with you my first experiment with fresh leaf indigo dyeing on cellulose fibres. I'm in love with this pretty shade of teal! I didn't know if it would work on cellulose as I've read that it's best on protein fibres, but I'm thrilled with the results. I've been growing a couple of pots of Dyer's Knotweed / Japanese Indigo (Persicaria tinctoria) on my balcony this summer (about 6 plants in total). The plants didn't seem to like the intense heat in the summer but…
Making your own natural dyes can be easily done at home, with all the ingredients readily available from the local landscape or even your own garden. Seasalt co-founder and print designer Sophie Chadwick shared her top tips for natural dyeing with us.