• Easy Eco-print instructions

    I’ll admit I am a latecomer to eco-printing, but now find it quite useful to extending  dyestuffs that have had one life making a dyebath, but the bulky residue and stuff that gets strained out is still full of color.  I prefer used dyestuffs for eco-printing as there’s usually so much dye left in the […]

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  • RECIPE: Living Coral, Pantone Color of the Year 2019

    This year’s Pantone Color of the Year is a bright and lively coral shade called Living Coral (Pantone 16-1546).  It’s a mid-tone shade and the natural dye version of it is very popular and easy. We like how madder extract will give you a beautiful shade. We are teaming up with the Woods Hole Film […]

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  • JaponTex Holiday Event – Free!

    Join us Saturday December 4 at JaponTex at the historic La Conner Civic Garden Club in La Conner Washington.  JaponTex is a free event for all things Japanese and features textile artists Patricia Belyea, Mary Pettus and Sylvia Pippen.  The artists will be showing their holiday gift items and Botanical Colors will make an indigo vat for dipping for you to […]

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  • Easy and Fun DIY Indigo Dyed Easter Eggs

    About Food says that “Easter falls in the spring, the yearly time of renewal, when the earth renews itself after a long, cold winter. The word Easter comes to us from the Norsemen’s Eostur, Eastar, Ostara and Ostar and the pagan goddess Eostre all of which include the season of the growing sun and rebirth. […]

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  • Power Panties Rule

    It’s so easy to brighten up your underthings with lush natural dye colors like cochineal, lac and madder. Materials Any natural fiber underthings – socks, camisoles or panties.  Look for 100% cotton, Modal, Tencel, silk or bamboo fiber content. Fiber blends like wool/cotton or silk/cotton or nylon also work well.  Microfiber, polyester and acrylic will […]

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  • Twelve Days of Color

      This year, we chose twelve natural dye colors as our countdown to Christmas Day and received a number of requests to list them all in one place.  The original post is linked to the dye name so click in order to see the information. Have as much fun with them as we did! Day […]

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  • Botanical Colors Joins Makers Row’s Roster of U.S. Manufacturers

    Do you know about Maker’s Row? Well, Botanical Colors just got listed on it and we are so proud to be part of their online database for U.S. manufacturers. Maker’s Row wants to make it easier for businesses to access and produce their goods from companies in the United States. To help with that, the […]

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  • Talking Natural Dyes with Lissa the Shop

    We were so excited that LISSA the shop contacted us for an interview! LISSA hopes to be an online leader for selling a curated collection of eco-conscious clothing for stylish women, “for that every day, relaxed elegance. Not too granola, nothing too fancy.” Part of Lissa’s eco-formula for success will be opting for clothing made […]

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  • For Sale: Color Forecasting in All Shades of Natural

    I was fortunate to work with Fran Yoshioka, a well-known, respected color and trend forecast expert on the Autumn/Winter 2014 palette. Color forecasting is an art and a science and Fran travels to Europe to check out the trends in boutiques, street life and some major trade shows. The major trends she described to me were [...] Continue Reading
  • Finding Artistic Inspiration on Pinterest

    Carol Shaw-Sutton Art There are so many wonderful textile artists and natural inspiration around us daily, so much so that sometimes it's hard to settle and do our own work! When we first started the Botanical Colors Pinterest page, the idea was to savor what we loved most, give it a rest stop so we [...] Continue Reading