Tag Archives: Natural Dyes

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FEEDBACK FRIDAY: This Week in Natural Dye Questions

Each week, we are emailed with questions from our natural dye community asking simple and complex questions that we thought might be worth sharing. Here are a handful from this week answered by natural dyer in chief, Kathy Hattori, Founder of Botanical Colors: I’ve used henna in a 1-2-3 vat and love it but would […]

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FEEDBACK FRIDAY: This Week in Natural Dye Questions

Image: Honest Alchemy Each week, we are emailed with questions from our natural dye community asking simple and complex questions that we thought might be worth sharing. Here are a handful from this week answered by natural dyer in chief, Kathy Hattori, Founder of Botanical Colors: I am dyeing logwood on wool and only getting […]

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An Interview With Textile and Shibori Guru Joan Morris

Internationally acclaimed textile and shibori guru Joan Morris last visited us in 2015 and we are pleased to welcome her back to teach with Botanical Colors this July. Shaped-resist dyeing is an elemental textile art that is thousands of years old. In Japan it’s known as shibori, but it has been made worldwide for almost […]

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3 Tips to Lower Water Use When Natural Dyeing

  On this World Water Day, we look to water conservation for our most precious resource with these three tips to lower your water use when natural dyeing. Recharge your mordant baths If you are mordanting with aluminum sulfate or aluminum acetate, your mordant bath may be reused between 2 and 7 times. For example, […]

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Some of the Best Quilting Cotton Was Hand-Dyed in Japan Thirty Years Ago

Okan Arts imports vintage Japanese yukata cottons for adventuresome quilters. Okan Arts, owned by textile and natural dye artist Patricia Belyea, is a home-based shop in Seattle, bursting with over 1,000 bolts of vintage Japanese cotton. Hand-dyed by artisans in Japan from 20 to 50 years ago, the cottons radiate luscious colors and a graphic […]

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A Pantone Inspired Airbnb Fit For Color Enthusiasts

We haven’t acknowledged the Pantone color of the year enough so we’re glad to see others who are and in the most fun of applications. Stay tuned for a natural dye recipe we’ll be creating soon where you can achieve this color for your own design projects. According to Dezeen, “Pantone has collaborated with Airbnb […]

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Thanksgiving Day Natural Dyeing With Food Waste

Image: Vogue This Thanksgiving Day, why not do what you love and natural dye with food waste while you cook up your mid-day feast? According to Vogue, “With so many color-rich foods on most Thanksgiving menus, Vogue.com decided to get a lesson in natural food coloring, and create a set of eco-chic napkins that can […]