Hi there,

Welcome! My name is Rebecca and I'm a botanical dyer, designer, maker, writer and publisher (based in the UK).

I've written a book called 'Botanical Colour at your Fingertips' which shows you how to dye fabric and yarn with plants.

I'll be launching a magazine called 'Plants Are Magic' in March 2017.

Dyeing with Dandelions

Dyeing with Dandelions

Given how dandelion flowers stain hands, I was interested to see how well they worked as a dye.

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I've been collecting dandelions for weeks and keeping them in the freezer. When the time came to use them I gently heated them for an hour to extract the colour. I left them to soak over night then squeezed the liquid through a muslin cloth.

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The dye liquid was actually a light brown and not at all yellow and I wonder if fresh dandelions would yield more of a yellow.  The fabric was mordanted in soya milk and left to cure for a few weeks before dyeing.

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This cotton voile scarf is a lovely caramel colour but it was an awful lot of trouble and I'm not sure if I'll repeat it again as I can produce a similar colour from alder cones which I suspect will be more lightfast due to the tannins in alder cones. It was fun dyeing with dandelions, nevertheless!Β 

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Dyeing with Mahonia berries

Dyeing with Mahonia berries

Dyeing with Avocado Skins

Dyeing with Avocado Skins

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