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Monday, April 20, 2015

Eco Dyeing

Janis here.

About 2 years ago, my first efforts at eco-dyeing were pretty dismal.  Then I got sidetracked and not terribly motivated to give it another try, although, I could see that others were having much more success than I had so I kept an eye out for good instruction.  Finally I found eco-dyeing paydirt!

Elena Ulyanova wrote: “My way of contact dye extraction I compare to espresso coffee making: fast, hot, full-flavoured.”  Believe it!

All I had was a handful of leaves I had tucked away in the fall and a little bit of seaweed and I was motivated enough to give it a try in the middle of our New England Winter of Snow.  Still not as if I was rich with natural ingredients but I was doing a happy dance and I’m so looking forward to new growth and sunshine!  Here’s what happened with almost nothing!

I have about a dozen more bottles saved up cannot wait to go for it!
So, go check out Elena's post on winter-coloring on The Procrastinator Dyer’s Diary.


  1. Here's the link about Elena's adventure with bottles...

  2. https://pddblog.wordpress.com/2015/02/04/winter-coloring-%D0%B7%D0%B8%D0%BC%D0%BD%D0%B8%D0%B5-%D1%8D%D1%82%D1%8E%D0%B4%D1%8B/

    My link isn't appearing...it's her post on February 4, 2015.

  3. Thanks Janis. Very timely now that leaves are coming out again.

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  5. You're welcome Beth. Sorry about the link. When I posted it that page was still up on that link but it just recently changed, so I just fixed it. And yes, that's why I thought it would be timely. I had , literally, about 11 leaves left when I did the dyeing! This year, I'll be storing up!

  6. Great results and a very interesting link.


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