For thousands of years, folks had not much more than their hands and the materials that they found in nature to create everything that they needed.
Today, we take a walk through the park or in the woods and look at the trees, the flowers, and the berries as amazing, but mostlybecause they are all so beautiful. Chances are that you’re not really thinking about how theycould possibly be useful for your daily life.
One of those surprising uses? Natural dye.
All you have to do is boil water and add the natural colorant. You usually will boil it for about an hour, and let it sit overnight. Sometimesyou will need the help of a modifier that brings out the brilliance of the color, or that triggers a chemical reaction in the plant. Some modifiers include alum, lemon juice or vinegar, copper (pennies), iron (rusty nails), baking soda, and salt. Experimentation with natural elements and these modifiers will get you a vast array of different colors of varying intensity. What a fun, crafty experiment it will be!
These 11 things found in naturecan all be used to create beautiful colors. Will you try to make any of your own naturally dyed fabrics?
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When you think of pomegranate, you think of the deep, vibrant red of the fruit. But what about the skins? Most of the time, you will be able to get a bright orange from a pomegranate skin dye, and you can play with leaving the fruit in there too, for more pigment.
You may never have heard the word “lichen” before, but I’m certain you have seen it before. It’s that weird mossy-moldy looking stuff that grows on rocks and trees, in places where moss is also prone to grow.
According to Wikipedia, it’s a “composite organism that arises from algae and/or cyanobacteria living among filaments of multiple fungi.”
You may have noticed that when you put red cabbage into a salad, the whole thing turns a bit purple. When you use red cabbage for a fabric dye, the purplehue comes out as a nice lavender. If you’ve got a bit too much red cabbage to eat, why not make some dyes for later use?
Will you try any of these natural dyes? What colors do you like to make? Let us know in the comments and