Maker of clothes, printing fabrics. Gardener of veg, fruit and flowers.

Maker of clothes, printing fabrics. Gardener of veg, fruit and flowers.

Category: DIY

Crystallised flowers

Crystallised flowers

This blog is on making crystallised edible flowers. Awhile back I wrote a post on Using edible flowers . Recently I have learn how to sugar (crystallise) edible flowers. It is an old Victorian art and it takes sometime to perfect it. This is because different […]

Tagetes minuta dyeing

Tagetes minuta dyeing

Who would have thought that this weed Tagetes minuta easily grown in the UK makes a good dye. It has grown so high and so much that I don’t know what do with it initially. It has got a strong mint smell as one walks […]

Using amaranth as a fabric dye

Using amaranth as a fabric dye

Since now I have a bit of amaranth grown in my garden. I have decided to make some fabric dye out of them. I have found out that it is a dye that needs solar dyeing instead of the usual heat and dip technique. this […]

Fabric dyeing using dahlia and alum mordant

Fabric dyeing using dahlia and alum mordant

Recently I have been experimenting fabric dyeing using dahlia and alum mordant. At the moment dahlia flowers in my garden are in bloom. Weather has been cold recently so it is marking the end of dahlia growing season soon. This blog is a follow on […]

Mordants in natural dyeing (part 2)

Mordants in natural dyeing (part 2)

This is a continuation of part 2 on the use mordants in natural dyeing. In this part I am focusing the use chrome and copper. Part 1 of the post on the use of mordants like alum, iron and tin are here¬†Mordant in natural dyeing […]

Mordant in natural dyeing (part 1)

Mordant in natural dyeing (part 1)

Recent;y I have started using natural dyes again. There is a lot written on this subject of using mordant in natural dyes. I have use mordants sometimes I don’t use mordants. It all depends of the property of the natural dye that you are going […]

Natural fabric dyeing

Natural fabric dyeing

Using natural dye for fabric has a special place in my heart. As I have used it while I was in art and design college. At that time I didn’t have a garden as I was living in a flat. For my finally project I […]