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5 Unexpected Natural Sources of Dyes

Shaina Shealy wrote a great article a while back on Rubina Magazine. Her take on five unexpected natural sources of dye are a fun read still. Shaina writes: “Natural dyes are magical. Ordinary plants and roots are transformed into a spectrum of evolving shades and textures; their colors vary depending on the fibers they are […]

Fashion Whirled Feature: Get Your Dye On during Charleston’s Sea Island Indigo Retreat, Sept 18-20

Thanks so much to Kim Cihlar of Fashion Whirled for this great article on our upcoming retreat! Kim writes: “For those of you following NYFW, you may be thinking of giving your own Spring/Summer 2015 style more of a DIY spin. Then hie thee down South to Charleston for the three-day Sea Island Indigo Retreat […]

Confused About Cochineal? Ask Kathy!

We get so many questions about natural dyes, from techniques to color fastness to “what does it smell like?” The questions are frequent so we’re hoping many of you will send them in so Kathy can properly answer and give you some help! Today’s question came in from one of our favorite textile artists, Abigail […]

Food as a Medium: Pigments and Dyes Made from Edibles

Design Milk writers from Pinch Food Design Bob Spiegel and TJ Girard recently had a great post on natural dyes made from edibles that we were swooning over. They write: “Food as a medium is not a new concept, but a revisited one. Many trades, especially textile designers are finding crossover with food while developing […]

2014 Men’s Fall Knitting Retreat Registration

Labor Day is the traditional date for the 2014 Men’s Fall KNitting Retreat and this year, Labor Day long weekend is Thursday, August 28th – Sunday, August 31, 2014. This retreat marks the event’s  SIXTH YEAR at Dumas Bay Center in Federal Way, WA (Near Seattle) and Botanical Colors is proud to once again be part! Find […]

Recipe! Food Waste, Indigo and Natural Dyeing With Cara Piazza

This past Saturday I taught a natural dye workshop in the backyard of my friend’s Cyd and Neal’s vintage store – The Grand Street Bakery. A vintage store set in a converted old bakery, fully equipped with awesome vintage threads hanging on repurposed baking racks, stocked with natural apothecary, magazines and generally some of the […]