Natural dyeing with red cabbage

Some weeks ago, we ate red cabbage at home. While I was preparing the salad, I remember about Abigail Booth book, saying that it was a nice candidate for natural dyeing.

So I kept the external leafs that we were not about to eat anyway, and put it into my freezer for natural dyeing experiments later.

Dyeing with weld (reseda)

It has been a while that I am using weld (Reseda Luteola L.) extract as dyeing material. So I tried to make a color chart using this dyeing stuff. Once again my goal was to see the different colors that can be obtained on pieces of linen and cotton fabrics, depending on the fabrics preparation, and post treatments like an iron bath or others dyeing bathes.

Dyeing with indigo

I'd like to share my experience with natural indigo dyeing.

Based on the Shibori technics, I dyed different types of organic cotton and linen fabrics.

First I had to prepare the dyeing bath, using natural indigo pigments. I learnt the process from "La Maison de l'Indigo" at Marie Galante in Guadeloupe. It is a fully natural dye bath. Michel Garcia is also using a similar process.

So I reduced the indigo powder into a hot tap water + alcohol 90° solution. Then I mixed this solution A to the dyeing bath prepared with fructose, quicklime and water heated at 50°C during 1h. It is called a "1, 2, 3" vat!

Welcome on my blog

Hi all, and welcome on my blog! I am happy to start this new adventure here with you. I has been now quite a while that I have started to experiment with natural dyeing, and I think that I have come to the point that I would like to share it with other pationated people. When I started my first experience in natural dyeing more than two years ago now, I was really happy to find a lot of information on the web, and I simply think that it may be my turn now!