How to Dye with Raw Materials

Different raw materials require different techniques. See our How Tos below.

Safflower Instructions

Safflower has been used by dyers for centuries. It is a celebrated color in Japan and the petals contain both a yellow … Read more

Dye Flower Instructions

Flowers such as weld, coreopsis, dahlias, sulfur cosmos, marigold, sunflower and dyer’s chamomile are all considered dye flowers. Each of these plants … Read more

Pericón Instructions

Pericón (Tagetes lucida) is a perennial marigold native to Mexico and Central America. It grows approximately 30 inches tall with a bushy … Read more

Logwood Chip Instructions

Logwood comes from the hardwood Haematoxylon campechianum and was one of the dye treasures from the New World that changed the color … Read more

Madder Root Instructions

Fiber Preparation and Mordanting We offer scouring and mordanting instructions for wool, alpaca, silk (protein), cotton and plant (cellulose) fibers. Your fiber should be scoured … Read more

Cochineal Insect Instructions

Our cochineal insect instructions will help extract color from cochineal insects, native of Mexico and South America. These insects are a traditional way … Read more

Osage Orange Sawdust Instructions

Fiber Preparation and Mordanting We offer scouring and mordanting instructions for wool, alpaca, silk (protein), cotton and plant (cellulose) fibers. Your fiber should be scoured and … Read more

Walnut Powder Instructions

Our walnut powder consists of finely ground dried hulls of the black walnut tree. It is a very strong dye and is … Read more