Natural Dye: the begining

My third craft is going to be natural dyeing! I'm so happy to have discovered this art while connecting with various people on Instagram. I come across Rebecca Desnos and as soon as I understood her 100% natural approach to dyeing I got hooked. I bought her eBook, I think, 1 hour after it was launched!

What I've realised, once I've started reading, is that natural dye is a slow and incredibly satisfying process. I love how time is crucial for each step to work at its best. Therefore, I've decided to work on this skill during the summer, June-August while I'll also be concentrating on other skills, as I want to enjoy each phase of this beautiful journey.

fabrics bathed in soya milk

Before even start dyeing I had to bath the fabrics and strings in soya milk three times! The first bath took 12 hours. Luckily we had some sunny days recently and I managed to soak the whole lot over night and the next day I dried, soaked, dried, soaked and dried again, everything, in the sun, while the girls were playing in the garden. Win-win situation!

Above you can see I split the fabrics and strings in 2 pots and 1 bucket, which wasn't big enough for the cotton sheet , so I ended up using the old baby bath that I was about to give away to charity. The fabric was flowing in milk!

washed fabrics from soy bath
fabrics drying

I forgot to mentioned that before starting the soya baths, I've weighted the banana silk, the cotton sheet and the 3mm string on my notebook so I could work out the soy/water ratio for the bath. Also I'll need the weight once I start dyeing.

natural dyeing notes

For now the fabrics and rope will rest for at list one week before I'll be able to start the best part: dyeing!

In the mean time I've been collecting dried flowers, avocado stones and skins, various tea bags, onion skins, leaves and pine cones. See you soon with natural dyeing progress.

dried lavender flowers

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