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 blues.

How to Eco-Print
Experiment with raw dyestuffs, or tannin-rich leaves, or leftover produce scraps and see what colors develop.

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)
Iron 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!