Introduction to Natural Dyeing and Doing It Yourself

Flora Arbuthnott Saturday, 1 September 2018

Natural dyeing is an ancient practice that has been in decline since the rise of the synthetic dye industry. Flora Arbuthnott is passionate about rediscovering the lost knowledge of natural dyeing. A textile designer and wild plant enthusiast, Flora is an expert in creating colours on cloth using locally available plants. She loves exploring her local environment, getting to know the wild plants that surround her, and seeking out ways to work with them.


In this video you'll learn:

  • The steps of naturally dyeing fabric.
  • What a mordant is and the least impactful choices.
  • How to choose fabrics to dye with.
  • How to prepare fabric for dyeing.
  • How to make a dye bath and prepare natural dyes.

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