How To Experiment With Plants To Create Beautiful Color Dyes

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How To Experiment With Plants To Create Beautiful Color Dyes

This inspiring article on How To Experiment With Plants To Create Beautiful Color Dyes helps you to envision that most fruits, vegetables and wood (bark, leaves and roots) can create a rainbow of color dyes all found in nature.

How To Experiment With Plants To Create Beautiful Color Dyes

Here are some examples:

  • Mountain Alder – Inner bark was used to make yellow dye. Outer bark was used to make a flaming red hair dye. Can be mixed with grindstone dust or black earth to make a black dye. Bark was used to wash and restore the brown color to old moccasins.

  • Bloodroot – flower produces red dyes

  • Rubber rabbitbrush

  • Smooth sumac – Leaves can be collected as they fall in the autumn and used as a brown dye. A black and a red dye can be obtained from the fruit. A black dye is obtained from the leaves, bark, and roots. An orange or yellow dye is obtained from the roots harvested in spring. A light yellow dye is obtained from the pulp of the stems.

  • Butternut (Juglans cinerea) -bark from this tree can make a brown dye and young roots to make a black dye. Using an iron mordant, brown dye can be changed to a charcoal or gray color.

  • Rubus – Common names include raspberry, blackberry, blackberry, boysenberry all produce dyes.

  • Yarrow (green, black)

  • Honey Locust (yellow)

  • Golden wild-indigo (green)

  • Tall cinquefoil (black, green, orange, red)

  • Pecan (brown)

  • Indiangrass (brown, green)

  • Western comandra (brown, yellow)

  • Prairie Bluets (brown, yellow)

  • Sassafras (black, green, purple, yellow)

  • Eastern Cottonwood (black, brown, yellow)

  • Plains Coreopsis (black, green, yellow, brown)

  • Ozark chinkapin (black, yellow, brown)

  • Sumac (yellow, green, brown, black)

  • Chokecherry (red)

  • Prairie Parsley (yellow, brown)

  • Slippery Elm (brown, green, yellow)

  • Black Willow (black, green, orange, yellow)

  • Indian blanket (black, green, yellow)

  • Hairy coneflower (brown, green, yellow, black)

  • Red Mulberry (brown, yellow, green)

  • Summer Grape (orange, yellow, black)

  • Black Locust (black, green, yellow, brown)

  • Butterfly milkweed (yellow)

  • Texas Paintbrush (green, red, yellow)

  • Basket flower (yellow)

  • Sagebrush (yellow, gray)

  • Stinging nettle (green)

  • Goldenrod (yellow, brown)

  • Iris (black)

  • Canaigre Dock (yellow, green, brown)

  • Prickly poppy (green, orange, yellow)

  • Downy Phlox (brown, green, yellow)

  • Northern Catalpa (brown, yellow)

  • May-apple (brown, yellow)

  • Sand Evening Primrose (green, orange, red, yellow)

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