Lemon Juice Bleach Printing

Lemon juice can be used to lighten hair and brighten white laundry, so the natural bleaching properties can easily be utilized in textile dyeing. I like to use lemon juice to recreate a reverse print of objects with interesting shapes and edges. This one was done on a cotton canvas dyed with pomegranate and an iron mordant – and as … Read More

Onion Skin Drop Stitch Scarf

Onion skins are a readily available and lovely natural dye, easily accumulated in your own kitchen or you can ask grocery stores or restaurants. The resulting colours are a range of golden-yellows and oranges. The more you have the better! I usually boil the skins for 30-40 minutes, add the fabric or fibre and keep warm for about an hour … Read More

Eucalyptus Natural Dye Experiment

Recently I found some dried eucalyptus in the grocery store and decided use it as a dye. I have always wanted to use eucalyptus but unfortunately they are not common plants here. I didn’t know what to expect because there was no information about what kind of eucalyptus it was. Eucalyptus is a favorite among dyers as the different species … Read More

Red Cabbage -Natural Dye

Using red cabbage as a dye is fun! Not only is it a beautiful colour but it has magical ph colour-changing properties. The dye is considered fugitive and unfortunately will fade, but I have still had lovely results. Red cabbage neutrally is a blue-purple and with acid turns a pink, bases turn it green.  You can even use red cabbage … Read More

Iris -Eco Print

Having seen lovely blue and green dyes from irises, I harvested some of these yellow and deep purple ones for printing. I bundled the irises and some pink rose petals into a cotton and silk blend, bias slip dress, and gently steamed it for around an hour. Unwrapping the bundle later, I was excited to find bright blues and almost … Read More

Herb Robert -Eco Print

A while ago I made this white, cotton & silk blend tunic part of a collection for my portfolio. It has been sitting around waiting to be dyed. I found out that Herb Robert (geranium robertianum) produces a brown dye and noticing the little purple flowers around our yard, decided to use it for printing. I used the whole plant except for the roots … Read More