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Natural fibres deserve natural dyes.

Plus they`re just so incredibly beautiful.

 So the search began for a natural way to infuse the fabric with it`s own special something. Something that would suit the `natural` theme emerging and that would be just plain beautiful.

Amazingly enough there are so many options for dyeing cloth naturally, even here in Northern Ontario. In researching sources for colour I realized they`re basically all around you. In the garden, your next walk in the woods or through a field. And I don`t just mean the beautiful plant life. The garbage is something that interested me more. Rusty chunks of metal not only provide you with interesting dye potential but also with a mordant. What a bonus!

Here are a few of my findings for my own backyard

Source

Colour Provided

Dianthus flowers

purple

Onion skins

Shades of red through brown

Purple sandcherry

blues and purples depending

Purple basil

blue-violet

Red sumac berries

reds and browns

Red cabbage

blue-violet

Hollyhocks fresh or dried

a wide variety of shades

Dandelion roots

reds

Pokeweed berries

reds

Cosmos

yellows

Rose hips

reds or pinks

Iris roots

greys and black

Queen anne`s lace

greens

Lily of the valley

greens

This is only a very short list of things I know are in my area. I can`t wait to try them out!

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