Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Solar dyeing - Guild skillshare

We held a session on solar dyeing this week.



Here is a list of readily available dye materials, some you may have in your store cupboard, especially if you're like us and throw little away and find out of date stuff on the shelves.

You need equal weights of plant material to weight of yarn or fibre.

Jenny Dean's book is a great reference.


  • Used Tea bags—golden brown
  • Old kitchen spices—saffron—yellow
  • Turmeric roots—yellow, green
  • Avocado Skin and Stone—tan
  • Pomegranate Skins—yellow/olive green
  • Daffodil flowers—yellow, green
  • Ivy—greens, slate/grey
  • Hawthorn Blossom, berries, leaves and twigs—yellow, green to dark navy/grey
  • Fruit tree bark when pruned
  • Willow leaves, bark and leafy stems
  • Dark Hollyhock Flowers
  • Birch bark—pink
  • Elderberry leaves—greens
  • Nettles—lemon to green, depending on time of year
  • Staghorn Sumac leaves—green
  • Rhubarb leaves and roots
  • Dahlia flowers and leaves—orange/yellow and greens
  • Eucalyptus leaves Tan/orange to maroon
  • Hibiscus flowers
  • Red cabbage – blue
  • Honesty flowers - greens
  • Buddleia flowers - greens
  • Primula and pansies – darker flowers
  • Onion skins – yellow to tan

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