Natural Dye – Paprika

Linen Fabric – Linen/Rayon Fabric – Bleached Muslin Fabric – Natural Muslin Fabric – Cotton Yarn – BFL Yarn – Exhaust Cotton Fabric W/ Turmeric

Mordant: Alum = 8%

1/19/19 –

  • Mordant fabric and yarn – simmer 1 hour
  • Leave in water over night

1/20/19 –

  • Bring water to simmer and add 3 tsp paprika to water
  • Dye bath for 1 hour
  • Let cool
  • Fabric – wash and dry by machine
  • Yarn – rinse 2xs cold water with Dawn and line dry

Exhaust bath + turmeric – no change to turmeric color on fabric, left in turmeric water for about 4 days, then washed and dried by machine

Natural Dye – Coffee & Tea

Mordant: Alum = 8%

1/19/19 –

  • Mordant fabric and yarn – simmer 1 hour
  • Simmer/boil coffee & tea (used grounds and leaves) for 1 hour
  • Dip samples in iron water modifier
  • Dye bath for 1 hour
  • Let cool
  • Fabric – wash and dry by machine
  • Yarn – rinse 2xs cold water with Dawn and line dry
An index card on a white table. The information for the coffee and tea dye detailed on this web page is handwritten in black ink.
An index card on a white table. There are 4 fabric samples and 2 yarn samples stapled to the card. The 4 fabric samples are of varying shades of medium grey. The cotton yarn sample is a little darker grey than the fabrics. The BFL yarn sample is a dark greyish brown color.

Linen Fabric – Linen/Rayon Fabric – Bleached Muslin Fabric – Natural Muslin Fabric – Cotton Yarn – BFL Yarn

Natural Dye – Clementine Peels

An index card on a white table. The information for the clementine peel dye detailed on this web page is handwritten in black ink.
An index card on a white table. There are 4 fabric samples and 2 yarn samples stapled to the card. The fabric samples are varying shades of grey. The linen/rayon is the most grey. The linen and bleached muslin are just off white. The cotton yarn is just off white. The BFL yarn is a tan-grey color and is the darkest sample.

Linen Fabric – Linen/Rayon Fabric – Bleached Muslin Fabric – Natural Muslin Fabric – Cotton Yarn – BFL Yarn

Mordant: Alum 8%

1/19/19 –

  • Mordant fabric and yarn – simmer on low/medium heat 1 hour
  • Simmer peels 1 hour on low/medium heat
  • Dip samples into iron water modifier
  • Dye bath for 1 hour
  • Let cool
  • Fabric – wash and dry by machine
  • Yarn – rinse 2xs cold water / Dawn and line dry

Natural Dye – Forest Mushrooms (species unknown)

Mordant: Alum 8% of dry weight

Iron modifier: 2 weeks old

12/28/18 –

  • Mushrooms soaking for approximately 2 weeks in water (smells)
  • Set fabric and yarn to soak in water overnight

12/29/18 –

  • Simmered mushrooms in water on low/medium heat for 1 hour (smell lingers all day)
  • Fabric and yarn half dipped in iron water
  • Strain mushrooms, mixed in about 2% alum to dry weight of fabric
  • Simmer sampled for 1 hour, let cool in water and pot
  • Line dry samples outside, then wash and dry. Low dryer = fabric, line = yarn.
An index card on a white table. The information for the forest mushroom dye detailed on this web page is handwritten in black ink.
An index card on a white table. There are 4 fabric samples and 1 yarn sample stapled to the card. They are in varying shades of orangey grey. The linen/rayon is the greyest of the samples and the linen retains the most white.

Linen Fabric – Linen/Rayon Fabric – Bleached Muslin Fabric – Natural Muslin Fabric – Cotton Yarn

Natural Dye – Turmeric

An index card on a white table. The information for the Turmeric dye transcribed to this website is written in black ink.
A white index card on a white table. There are 4 fabric turmeric dye fabrics and 1 turmeric dye yarn stapled to the card. All 5 samples are a similar shade of yellow. The linen/rayon sample is slightly more grey than the others.

Linen Fabric – Linen/Rayon Fabric – Bleached Muslin Fabric – Natural Muslin Fabric – Cotton Yarn

An index card on a white table. There are 4 fabric samples stapled to the card that were used in the turmeric exhaust dye bath. The second and fourth samples are a yellowing parchment color, the first is a light yellow, and the third is a yellowish tan color.

Exhaust Cotton Fabric Dye (2nd bath)

Mordant: Alum 8% of dry weight 12/13/18

Iron modifier: 2 weeks old

12/28/18

  • Set fabric and yarn to soak in water overnight

12/29/18

  • Bring water to simmer over low/medium heat
  • Stir in 10.22 g alum then approximately 3 dashes of turmeric
  • Simmer samples for 1 hour (half dipped in iron modifier)
  • Let cool in the pot
  • Line dried, then washed and dried low in dryer for fabric, line for yarn

Natural Dye – Birch Bark

Mordant: Alum 8% dry weight 12/13/18 – 12/14/18

  • Bark soaked in water 24 hours
  • Bark simmered in water on low/medium heat for 1 hour and drained
  • Fabric added dry, cotton yarn added damp*
  • Dye bath for 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Let cool in dye water in plastic bag
  • Air dry
  • Washing machine rinse and dryer dry low

*except half sample dipped in 1 week old iron modifier

Photo of two index cards laid out on a white table. The top index card has written information detailed in text on this page for the birch bark dye.

The bottom index card has 5 dye samples stapled to it. There are 4 fabric strips in linen, linen/rayon, bleached muslin, and natural muslin and 1 cotton yarn. They are all in shades of a light beige/tan color. The linen/rayon is a little more grey than the others. The linen is a little more brown than the others. The bleached muslin is the lightest color.

Linen Fabric – Linen/Rayon Fabric – Bleached Muslin Fabric – Natural Muslin Fabric – Cotton Yarn

Natural Dye – Sumac bark/twigs

Photo of two index cards laid out on a white table. The top index card has written information detailed in text on this page for the sumac bark/twig dye.

The bottom index card has 5 dye samples stapled to it. There are 4 fabric strips in linen, linen/rayon, bleached muslin, and natural muslin and 1 cotton yarn. They are all in shades of a light greyish tan color. The linen/rayon is a little more grey than the others. The natural muslin is a little more brown than the others.

Linen Fabric – Linen/Rayon Fabric – Bleached Muslin Fabric – Natural Muslin Fabric – Cotton Yarn

(later determined to actually be bark and twigs from Campsis Radicans)

Mordant: Alum 8% of dry weight 12/13/18 – 12/14/18

  • Sumac soaked in water for 24 hours
  • Sumac simmered in water for 1 hour and drained
  • Fabric added dry, cotton yarn added damp*
  • Dye bath for 1 hour 15 minutes low/medium heat
  • Let cool in dye water in plastic bag
  • Air dry
  • Washing machine rinse and dryer dry low

*except half sample dipped in 1 week old iron modifier

Natural Dye – Winterberries

Mordant: Alum 8% dry weight 12/13/18

  • Winterberries simmered in water for 1 hour and drained (smells!)
  • Fabric added dry, cottton yarn added damp*
  • Dye bath for 1 hour 15 minutes low/medium heat
  • Let cool in dye water in plastic bag
  • Air dry
  • Washing machine rinse and dryer dry low

*except half sample dipped in 1 week old iron modifier

Photo of two index cards laid out on a white table. The top index card has written information detailed in text on this page for the winterberry dye.

The bottom index card has 5 dye samples stapled to it. There are 4 fabric strips in linen, linen/rayon, bleached muslin, and natural muslin and 1 cotton yarn. They are all in shades of a light beige/tan color. The linen/rayon is a little more grey than the others. The natural muslin is a little more brown than the others.

Linen Fabric – Linen/Rayon Fabric – Bleached Muslin Fabric – Natural Muslin Fabric – Cotton Yarn