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SHADES OF YELLOW

carrot (leaves)
yellow onion (skins)
paprika
pomegranate (skins - alum mordant)
turmeric

SHADES OF ORANGE

yellow onion (skins)
turmeric (alum mordant)

SHADES OF RED

turmeric (iron mordant)

SHADES OF PINK

avocado (skins + stones)

 

SHADES OF BLUE -  PURPLE

black bean (cooking water)
red cabbage (cooking water)
 

SHADES OF GREEN

pomegranate (skins - alum mordant)

SHADES OF BROWN


black lentils
black tea (used bags)
butternut squash (skins)
coffee grinds
red onion (skins)
turmeric (copper or rhubarb mordant)
yellow onion (skins - iron mordant)

SHADES OF GREY - BLACK

avocado (skins & stones - iron mordant)
black beans (cooking water - iron mordant)
black tea (iron mordant)
butternut squash (skins - iron mordant)
coffee grounds (iron mordant)
red cabbage (cooking water - iron mordant)
red onion (skins - iron mordant)

 
 
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SHADES OF YELLOW

bay (leaves)
beetroot
celery (leaves)
comfrey (leaves)
crocus (flowers)
daffodil (dead flower heads - alum mordant)
dahlia (red, yellow & orange flowers)
dyer's chamomile (flowers)
dyer's greenweed (flowers, leaves & stems)
golden rod (flowers)
grass
marigold (flowers)
meadowsweet (flowers, leaves & stems - alum mordant)
mimosa (flowers)
rhubarb (leaves & roots)*
safflower (flowers)
st. john's wort (whole plant)
sunflowers (flowers)
tansy (flower tops)
weld (leaves & flowering stems)
yarrow (yellow& red flowers & leaves)
zinnias (flowers)

SHADES OF ORANGE

carrot (roots)
comfrey (leaves & stems)
dyer's coreopsis (flowers - alum mordant)
lilac (twigs)
rhubarb (leaves & roots)
weld (leaves & flowering stems)

SHADES OF RED

dyer's woodruff (roots)
hibiscus ( flowers - dried)
lady's bedstraw (roots)
madder (roots)
safflower ( flowers - soaked in alcohol before dye bath)
st. john's wort (whole plant - soaked in alcohol before dye bath)

 

SHADES OF PINK

camellia (flowers)
cherries (fruit)
lavender(flowers & stems)
raspberries (fruit)
roses (flowers)
strawberries (fruit)

SHADES OF RED - PURPLE

basil (leaves & stems)
daylillies  (flowers)
hibiscus (dark red & purple flowers)
hollyhock (dark red & black flowers)
safflower (flowers)

SHADES OF BLUE - PURPLE

blueberries (fruit)
carrots (purple taproot)
cornflower (flowers - alum mordant)
hyacinth (flowers)
indigo (leaves)
iris (purple & black flowers - alum mordant)
woad (first year leaves & second year flowering stems)

 

SHADES OF GREEN

artichoke (leaves)
black eyed susan (flowers)
camellia (flowers)
coneflower (flowers)
dyer's chamomile (leaves)
foxglove (flowers)
grass
hollyhocks (flowers)
hydrangea (flowers - alum or copper mordant)
larkspur (flowers)
lilac (flowers)
meadowsweet (flowers, leaves & stems - copper mordant)
peony (flowers)
peppermint (leaves & stems)
snapdragon (flowers)
spinach (leaves)
sorrel (roots)
weld ( leaves - iron mordant)

SHADES OF BROWN

beetroot
black eyed susan (flowers)
coneflower (flowers)
dyer's coreopsis (flowers - iron mordant)
fennel (flowers & leaves)
hollyhock (flowers)
oregano ( dried stalks)
st. john's wort (whole plant)

SHADES OF GREY - BLACK

black eyed susan (flowers - iron mordant)
comfrey (leaves - iron mordant)
iris (roots)
meadowsweet (flowers, leaves & stems - iron mordant)
rhubarb (leaves & roots - iron mordant)

 
 
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SHADES OF YELLOW

bracken (leaves)
comfrey (leaves)
crocus (flowers)
daffodil (dead flower heads - alum mordant)
dandelion (flower)
dyer's greenweed (flowers, leaves & stems)
golden rod (flowers)
hawthorn (flowers)
meadowsweet (flowers, leaves & stems - alum mordant)
nettle (leaves & stems)
queen anne's lace (flowers, leaves & stems)
sorrel (leaves, stems & roots)

SHADES OF ORANGE

birch (bark)
eucalyptus (leaves & bark - colour depends on time of year it's harvested)
willow (leaves & branches)

SHADES OF RED

bamboo
birch (bark)
dyer's woodruff (roots)
eucalyptus (leaves & bark - colour depends on time of year it's harvested)
lady's bedstraw (roots)

 

SHADES OF PINK

alder cones
birch (bark)
blackthorn/sloes (fruit)
copper beech (leaves & branches)
hawthorn (flowers)
rose hips
rowan (fruit)
willow (leaves & branches)

SHADES OF RED - PURPLE

blackberries

SHADES OF BLUE - PURPLE

blackberries
blackthorn (fruit)
copper beech (leaves & branches - iron mordant)
elderberries
queen anne's lace (flowers, leaves & stems - iron mordant)

 

SHADES OF GREEN

bracken (leaves)
foxglove (flowers)
hawthorn (flowers)
ivy (leaves, berries & stems - copper mordant)
meadowsweet (flowers, leaves & stems - copper mordant)
nettle (leaves & stems)
queen anne's lace (flowers, leaves & stems)
sorrel (leaves, stems & roots)

SHADES OF BROWN

acorns
alder cones
birch (bark)
bracken (leaves)
dandelion (roots)
eucalyptus (leaves & bark - colour depends on time of year it's harvested)
ivy (leaves, berries & stems)
nettles (leaves & stems)
oak (bark & galls)
pine (bark)
sorrel (leaves, stems & roots)
walnuts
willow (leaves & branches - iron mordant)

SHADES OF GREY - BLACK

acorns (iron mordant)
alder cones (iron mordant)
birch (bark - iron mordant)
blackthorn (fruit - iron mordant)
bracken (leaves - iron mordant)
comfrey (leaves - iron mordant)
copper beech (leaves & branches - iron mordant)
elderberries (iron mordant)
eucalyptus (leaves & bark - iron mordant)
hawthorn (flowers - iron mordant)
nettles (leaves & stems - iron mordant)
meadowsweet (flowers, leaves & stems - iron mordant)
oak galls (iron mordant)
rose hips (iron mordant)
owan (fruit iron mordant)
sorrel (leaves, stems & roots - iron mordant)
walnuts (iron mordant)

 

SAFETY NOTES

* Be careful when dyeing with rhubarb as it contains oxalic acid. Always prepare your rhubarb vat in a well-ventilated area so as not to expose yourself to the fumes. 

* It is important to not overpick plants in the wild, don't strip bark off a living tree, and only forage for species that are growing in abundance. Be careful, too, that you don't pick anything poisonous - accurate identification of plants is esssential.