Saturday, January 12, 2013

Natural dyes - yarn - TUTORIAL

I happened to have this bundle of white cotton, and as I wanted to crochet up some sweet little hearts, I decided to form smaller bundles of white yarn and dye each bundle in natural dyes to get pretty pastels.

I used coffee, blackberry tea and home-made blueberry syrup. 
I recommend letting the different dyes to boil when putting the bundles into them, leaving them like that for a few seconds, then pull the pots of dye from the stove and covering them, leave the bundles to rest in the liquids for 20-30 minutes. Adding a spoonful of white vinegar helps the fabric to absorb and keep the color.

Remember, your yarn needs to be 100% natural in order to absorb these natural dyes.

You can then use the yarn to do different projects. I used mine to crochet tiny little hearts, but you could even dye a larger amount and crochet/knit up a cowl or why not, even a cardigan! Totally up to you!



  1. Aw, these turned out so sweet. Will the colors fade if you try and wash the items at any point?

  2. I always put white vinegar in my natural dye, that way the color resists to cleaning. Obviously, it is better to hand-soak it first to see, but it always works for me! :) Good luck!

  3. So interstening!! Im totally trying it out and those hearts are so cute!!

  4. lovely subtle colours, I'll need to try that sometime

  5. The pokeberry berries work really well for a bright/dark purple dye. I love experimenting with natural dyes and hope to do more of this in the future. Thanks for the tips.

    1. I am always on the lookout for new plants to use! Thank you for the tip :)


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