When I first started to learn about natural dyeing, I was befuddled by a lot of vague information I found on the internet. Experiments on my own yielded very mixed results.
After taking a class with Rebecca Burgess, I understood that there are tried-and-true techniques for getting consistent results. With lessons fresh in our minds, my mother and I were able to dye several batches with striking color, some from materials we harvested on the farm.
Along the way, I also started to appreciate the lure of commercial dyes, with their fast-setting pigments and repeatable results. But I also knew that many, if not most brands, contain heavy metals and other toxic substances, so I was hesitant to invest a lot of money in these types of supplies.
Then, a couple of years ago at a fiber festival, I learned about Greener Shades, a commercial brand of dye that can be used in certified organic products. After using it for a couple of years now, I can recommend it as a quick and easy way to dye yarn at home.
Other resources mentioned in the video:
- Harvesting Color: How to Find Plants and Make Natural Dyes, by Rebecca Burgess