Natural Dyeing: How to Make Natural Dyes from Plants and Other Materials

Dyeing fabric and fiber with materials found in the natural world is a family favorite and a wonderful project for all ages.


| September 2011 Web



Fabrics Dyed with Turmeric and Tea Bags

These fabrics were naturally dyed with turmeric and tea bags.


Photo By Amanda Blake Soule/Courtesy Shambhala Publications

The following is an excerpt from "The Rhythm of Family" by Amanda Blake Soule with Stephen Soule.

Use Natural Dyes 

Dyeing fabric and fiber with materials found in the natural world is a family favorite and a wonderful project for all ages. There are endless possibilities for color when we use the earth’s palette as our guide. We’re often surprised by what color a certain material yields when added to fabric—quite often it is so different from the original source. That’s part of the fun, so keep an open mind about your end results, and experiment with whatever you have available in your own backyard!

Natural Materials for Dyeing 

Red—dandelion root, beets, rose hips, chokecherries, blackberries, hibiscus

Orange—sassafras, onion skin, carrot root, turmeric, pomegranate





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