Gathering Summary: Using Natural Dyes for Fibers, by Joan Goldstein, September 22, 2010

Madder, Amaranthe, Yellow onion skins, Lichens, Cosmos

by Catherine Haug; basket photos by Joan Goldstein

Joan provided a 2-page handout which is available on our website: The EssentiaList: Dying Fibers with Natural Materials, by Joan Goldstein

Presentation Topics

The following topics are covered in more detail in the complete Gathering Summary: Using Natural Dyes for Fibers (pdf):

  • Colors (Joan’s baskets of colorful yarns)
  • Pigment vs. Dye
  • Getting the Dye to ‘Stick’: Using Mordants
  • Dyes from the Kitchen: coffee, tea and onion skins
  • Dying with Lichens and Orchil
  • Dyes from the Garden: amaranth, cosmos, cottonwood, Japanese indigo, madder, cochineal
  • The Affect of pH, and Dying Plant vs Animal Fibers
  • Premordanting
  • Overview of Dying Process
  • Sources & References

Japanese Indigo

Sources & References

Joan’s Bibliography

  • Buchanan, Rita. (1995). A Dyer’s Garden. Loveland: Interweave Press, LLC.
  • Cannon, John and Margaret.  (2003).  Dye Plants and Dyeing. Portland: Timber Press, Inc.
  • Greenfield, Amy Butler.  (2005).  A Perfect Red. New York: HarperCollins Publishers.  Note: history, no dye directions.
  • Miller, Dorothy.  (1999).  Indigo From Seed to Dye. Santa Cruz: Indigo Press.  ISBN:  0-9604060-1-8.
  • Rice, Miriam and Dorothy Beebee.  (1980).  Mushrooms For Color. Eureka: Mad River Press Inc.
  • Van Stralen, Trudy.  (1993).  Indigo, Madder & Marigold; A Portfolio of Colors from Natural Dyes. Loveland: Interweave Press, LLC.
  • Klos, Dagmar.  (2010).  “Dyeing Basics: An introduction to natural dyes.”  Spin-off, Vol 34, No 3, Fall 2010, 42-44.
  • Fahey, Elizabeth.  (2010).  “Dyeing with Black Walnuts.”  Spin-off, Vol 34, No 3, Fall 2010, 54-56.

Lichens, Spinach, Logwood with Cosmos (dark green)

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