How-To

Naturally dyed wool. Photo: Anna Brones

Looking to learn how to work with natural dyes? You’ve come to the right place.

How to Scour

A detailed guide to scouring fiber, done before mordanting and dyeing.

How to Mordant

A detailed guide to mordanting fiber, preparing the fibers to bond with natural dyes.

How to Mordant with Symplocos

An alternative plant based mordant.

Print Paste Thickener Instructions

Use printing gum for thickening natural dyes for printing and painting

How to Dye with Natural Dye Extracts 

Just starting out with natural dye extracts for the first time? This will give you an overview of how to get started.

How to Dye with Raw Materials

Check out this page for information on how to use cochineal insects, logwood chips, and more!

How to Dye with Indigo 

This is a guide to dyeing with indigo using the 1-2-3 vat method, by natural dye master Michael Garcia. This method is based on traditional indigo vats.

How to Dye with Fresh Indigo

Simple process that yields beautiful light blue’s.

How to Dye with Aquarelle Liquid Dye

While in liquid form, all of these dyes are from natural sources: roots, bark, fruit rinds, pods, and insects.

Hide Glue Indigo Vat Instructions

Hide glue is used in indigo vats to help protect protein fibers such as wool and silk from excessive heat or alkalinity.

How to Use Iron Powder (Ferrous Sulfate)

is used alone as a mordant, as a color shifter and to increase lightfastness when used in combination with other natural dyes, and can also be used as a reducing agent with some indigo vats.

How to Check pH

How to use and understand pH strips.

Recipes and More

We are regularly updating the website with recipes and how to guides, so please check back!