Oh all knowing fabric masters:
My Girl Scout troop has expressed an interest in using natural dyes
onion skins, etc.). I did this years ago, but if anyone has done it
recently and has hints, I would appreciate it. Like - what did you dye
(I was thinking maybe bandanas)? What did you use? What fixative?
I have never actually dyed anything, but I do have some herbals that
give as uses for some herbs you can dye cloth with, IIRC and off the top
of my head, achiote for orange and yellow, turmeric for yellow, red
cabbage for blue (chemical reaction to (again IIRC) the acid in vinegar,
onion skin for brown and tan. I can go look up others if you would like,
but again, I don't dye cloth, and I read them in passing as I was
reading about herbs.
On Mar 20, 2:48=A0am, "Lucille"
You could suggest taking all kinds of Cytrus peels and put them on a
cloth , than wrap it with arope and let it sit for some hours ,,,
Bannaa flowers make a wonderful color ,, Pekan peels makes browns are
lighter when in water and get darker when dried.
That certainly ain't me but subject knowledge hasn't stopped many people
from typing on other topics
From what I've read, the fabric to be dyed is very important -- the more
natural, the better colo(u)rs will take. Once dyed the colors might set
with heat (iron or dryer)
What are you gonna do with the dyed fabric?
LOL! Guilty of that once or twice myself I'm sure.
That's what I thought too. I was thinking about bandanas - good size,
useful later, relatively cheap. Better check the fabric content first
(and of course, wash them to get sizing out).
If we do bandanas, wear them of course! Otherwise, I don't know -
make blocks and make a quilt?
We've been doing a Renaissance badge and talking about clothing/status
shown by clothing etc. and this came up. I told them I had dyed with
onion skins and other things when I was a GS and they all perked up.
We've been sort of in the doldrums so I need something different but
fun - and this seems to fit the bill.
If you ask your question on rec.crafts.textiles.yarn you will do better
(tell them we sent you). There are several people over there who do a
LOT of dyeing with plant materials etc.
Olwyn Mary in New Orleans.
you could dye pieces of fabric, then have the girls cut them intosquares and hem them. (Good idea to draw the threads for cuttingbefore dyeing.)
You have to know a little something to get a good color on cotton or
linen; to dye wool, all you need to do is to put plant parts ,
rainwater, and wool into a pot, bring it to a simmering boil over very
low heat -- it will take at least an hour -- and then let the wool
cool in the bath, preferably overnight, but it's all right to take it
out when you can put your hands in. You can put in vinegar if you
aren't sure the plant parts are acid. (Wool needs an acid dye.)
Food colors are acid; they take well on wool, but probably won't be
fast on plant fibers. (Unless you spill Kool-Aid on your best shirt,
It's hard to get dye to take evenly -- salt in the bath is said to
help -- but with tie-dye, uneven doesn't matter.
Enamel water-bath canners are fairly cheap. But if chipped or
dented, they will mordant everything with iron, which saddens colors.
It struck me while reading the good things written by people who know more
than I do that one idea would be a mental shift---think of the things you
usually thing of as causing really hard to remove stains, and consider them
as dying agents. Grape juice anyone???