Natural Dye Workshop

Spring is here! Now that we weeded all of that oxalis out of our garden, we decided we should do something fun with it! Last month, we had a little natural dye workshop at St. Cyprians.  We used fava leaves to make a nice mossy green, oxalis (sour grass) for a vibrant yellow, and onion skins for a rusty orange! Take a look and try for yourself!

1. Gather your natural colors! Try onion skins, fava leaves, oxalis, beets, purple cabbage, avocado pits, or anything else your heart desires.

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2. Put your colors of choice in a pot and boil on the stove for 30 minutes or until the water begins to seep color.Image

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3. Rinse you white clothing in cool water, and once the vat of natural dye looks ready dip, dunk, and let your cloths soak (at least 5 min) based your desired color intensity. (the longer, the brighter)ImageImageImage

4. Now that you’ve dyed your clothing, you must set the color. To do this just rinse your fabrics with regular dish soap and cool water! Image

5. Voilà! You’re done! Hang them up to dry and now you have beautiful spring colors to wear from your garden!ImageImage

photo credit: Sophie Peoples

 

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