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Wednesday, August 29, 2012


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Becki - yes, some of these plant dyes will work on plant fibers (as opposed to animal protein fibers like wool, alpaca, etc). Plant fibers may require different pre-soaks and mordants, but that information should be readily available on the Internet and in dye books. Some books are perhaps more suitable for dyeing non-wool fibers than others, but check around. I'll keep that question in mind as I go through my books and let you know if one seems particularly more friendly for that.

Becki Smith

I LOVE the images I get of the group camping and the gathering and cooking of plants to make dyes!! (Several years ago in Thailand I saw the indigo dying process with huge vats of liquid color, and a whole extended family making a living from the process.) The canning jars of cooked and strained dye materials are a GREAT idea to split up the process a bit! I love the pictures of the completed and in progress projects, but I am so allergic to wool touching my skin that I wonder how cotton fibers would work with the dyes??

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