Maker of clothes, recipes, natural fabric dyeing, Gardener of veg, fruit and flowers.

Maker of clothes, recipes, natural fabric dyeing, Gardener of veg, fruit and flowers.

Category: DIY

Dyeing with avocado

Dyeing with avocado

Recently I have been eating and collecting lots of avocados. They are also good for you. For dyeing with avocado, I have been drying the skins and pits in the greenhouse. It’s funny how they make good dyes as the flesh is such vibrant green. […]

Fabric dyeing with ivy

Fabric dyeing with ivy

Fabric dyeing with ivy (using mordant). I have been dyeing with ivy again recently as my first attempt didn’t turn up very well. Dahlia flowers and ivy dyeing This time round I simmer the ivy leaves in a pot for at least half hour till […]

Onion skin – natural dyeing

Onion skin – natural dyeing

Today I had a great day dyeing with onion skins. I have collected brown onion skins over time. Brown onions are very common available here in the supermarkets. I haven’t had much room or success from growing brown onions in the garden. However, they cheap […]

Review of new craftsy (bluprint)

Review of new craftsy (bluprint)

I love making things at home. it’s one of hobbies in my past time. I love to sew, knit and crochet. This blog post is on my review of new craftsy which is now called bluprint. I must admit being based in the UK I […]

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 […]