Saturday, August 24, 2013

From Nature, With Love...

I have been experimenting with collected wild flowers, berries and some other things.
Trying to get a range of color, finally off my indigo kick (I get like that with things, obsessed with a color, texture, shape, whatever...)

So far I am happy.


In order of photos:

1. Staghorn sumac (first bath)

2. Cochineal... Not wild harvested around here, color from little bugs, actually. But I wanted to play and see, the color is nice, but not sure if I will continue with this as a dye other than playing around here and there.

3. Tansy (yellow) over-dyed with indigo to achieve the green.

4. Same as #3, but dipped the whole scarf.

5. From bottom to top: First 3 are staghorn sumac (1st, 2nd and 3rd dip in the same bath), tansy, tansy/indigo, cochineal (first dip), cochineal (second dip), last 2 cochineal/indigo.

6. Scraps from above scarves sitting atop a sumac scarf


Do you do any natural dyeing?
I would love to hear about it!


I am hoping to have a couple of the scarves in the shop by the end of the weekend.
So check HERE later!


  1. I really love all your scarves!

    Lluisa xx

  2. Wow, I love the Tansy overdyed with indigo (#3)! So gorgeous. Running to check out your shop now!

  3. Hello, I'm a beginner dyer and have tried fennel, blackberry (not the leaves yet), dandelion, a red leaf tree in my garden that gives lime green, acorns, smoke bush (cogyria), lavender stems and flowers, together sometimes with iron. I really want blue; indigo sounds complicated, you need a vat and a chemical to remove oxygen..? I would get addicted to indigo too; I love it, like Ironstone decoration on ceramics. Have just subscribed, look forward to reading your blog! Kirsty

  4. Btw I love your scarves; beautiful Kirstyx

  5. Thanks, Lluisa!

    Clare, I will be putting that scarf in the shop soon :)

    Kristy, so many wonderful things! I would love to hear more about all your experiences!!! I have been collecting acorns to play with. If you get the pre-reduced indigo it isn't hard at all! I just have 2 gallon jars with lids and that does a great job of keeping the oxygen out while dyeing or while storing the bath!