I couldn't decide on which method of dye I wanted to do, eco-printing/bundle dyeing or low water immersion. So I tried both! The results are pretty cool. and I can't wait to experiment more. Materials and some explanations are below.
You should totally view this as an experiment if you try natural dyeing. Some stuff is going to turn out exactly how you planned and some are not. HAVE FUN! And be safe, read up on dyeing safely. I've been dyeing with chemical dyes for YEARS, so I kinda know what's up.
If this something you are into, check out these links and books!
Modern Natural Dyer by Kristine Vejar
Natural Color by Sasha Duerr
Dyeing with red onion skins from Folk Fibers
Scouring and mordants from Wild Colours http://www.wildcolours.co.uk/html/cotton.html
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Water, a pot, and a stove.
Soda ash- and a washing machine to wash your fabric on hot and remove sizing. I used about 1/2 cup for 2 yards of fabric
Fabric - any light-colored natural fiber fabric will work. Think linen, wool, silk, or cotton. I used cotton canvas here.
Dyestuff - I used leaves and onion skins. The onion skins were in my freezer, and I keep adding to the collection as I cook.
Alum - I didn't use that much! I used 2 tablespoons for both projects. You can get this at the grocery store!
Twine or floss - this is to tie-up the bundles if you eco-print/bundle dye.
Container for Low Water Immersion dyeing - something you can pack the fabric into pretty tight.
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Music composed for Break + Remake by Janet Overfield