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

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 […]

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 the natural dyeing process. I have use mordants sometimes I don’t use mordants. It all depends on the property of the natural dye that you […]

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 […]

Dahlia flowers and ivy dyeing

Dahlia flowers and ivy dyeing

I have grown dahlia in my garden just for eating?!! I have yet to try any of them as the dahlias are still flowering at the moment. I have out recently that one can use the dahlia flowers and ivy for dyeing. I have an […]