How Do You Dye Cloth Using Natural Dyestuffs?
Learn How To Use Herbs, Flowers, Berries, Cabbage and Onions for a Natural Dye! It’s fun to dye cloth using natural products that leave a beautiful, organic color. I won’t go into detail how certain fabrics will or won’t take color, but for this, you will need to use only white or natural cotton, linen, wool, jute, silk, rayon, or homemade cloth. Wash the cloth before you dye it. The list of natural dyestuffs is listed in the Things You Need. Pick what color or colors you would like to use, gather what you need for that color and then the following directions are good for all. Coarsely chop or shred one or more cups of fresh material OR two or more cups of dried material such as bark, roots, and spices. Put dyestuff into a muslin bag tied at the top. Use glass, enamel, or stainless steel for your dye pots. NEVER USE ALUMINUM OR COPPER. Add 4 cups of water-rain water is best. Simmer dyestuff for 30-90 minutes. Use 1 tsp. alum per cup of dye or 1 tbsp. white vinegar to set the dye. Put p