20 responses to “natural dyes- walnuts and goldenrod”

  1. Kathryn

    I love this and can’t wait to try this with some wool that I have. I think that you meant to say for the fixative-four parts water to one part vinegar. Maybe I am wrong…I don’t know. This is such a fun way to get in touch with nature and make something interesting. Thanks

  2. Patricia

    Beautiful result!!!
    I like to see the final result of the trees!
    Enjoy :)

  3. The Magic Onions

    I need to get me some walnuts!!!! I am in love with that brown!
    Thanks for the tut and for sharing it on Friday’s Nature Table.
    Blessings and magic.

  4. Mama Rose

    Wow…thanks for sharing this 😀

  5. Laurie Goodman

    What a wonderful post. Great ideas and beautiful pics to illustrate the theme and content. The end result is gorgeous. Well done and thanks for sharing!

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  7. Kat

    I have some pokeberries if you want them!

  8. Annie

    Another bookmark for future activities! Thanks, Lisa!

  9. Robin

    Liz wants to know what color your hands are :)

  10. Beth

    Thank you so much, this is fascinating! I hope you will show us what you make with the fabric! Beth

  11. Sybille

    It’s always the same when I look at your blog: such beautiful photos!!
    and this is a great idea and a good information!

  12. Linda

    Such a wonderful post! I love to dye my yarns with natural plant dyes, thanks for all the great information:)

  13. Stephanie

    pretty pretty pretty.
    Next year I’m going to be all about dyeing with naturals. :)
    I didn’t have time to learn it this year, but I will!!

  14. Amanda

    This is so pretty!! The largest shock for me….. Those are Walnuts!?! I had no idea. I am going to have to go do some serious googeling now…..

  15. nicola

    i love posts about natural dyes. my mom was a professional weaver growing up and making natural dyes was commonplace in our house. i remember turning it into a science project when i was about 8. mustard, beets, coffee, tea, and onions are among those i remember our using a lot.
    great post!

  16. Emily

    This post is so appropriate for me right now! I just bought some wool roving Saturday from the farmer’s market and found some more yesterday that I’d forgotten about. I’m very intrigued with natural dyeing and have been doing as much as I have time for. By the way, green is a difficult color to make, but I’ve learned that if you boil dye in a cast iron pan, the color will “sadden” or deepen. When I made black-eyed susan leaf dye and boiled it in an iron pan, it made a really neat yellow-green color. Also, here’s a great resource: http://www.jennydean.co.uk/wordpress

    PS. When making the plant dye fixative, is it 4 parts water and 1 part vinegar? You typed that both parts are water. :)

  17. Wendy Hawksley

    That looks like such a fun project. This is a great post – thanks for the recipe and the information! Thanks also for including the information about laundering afterwards!

  18. katie

    Oh wow! Thanks for the information. I’ve been curious about natural dyes, but the supplies always seemed too exotic. But we have all three of those plants in our backyard (the walnuts, in particular, in abundance). No stainless steel pot, though… better start rummaging through friends’ cabinets.

  19. Lise

    Oh, great information, and just in time. We’ve been planning to dye something with pokeberries after reading Tomie dePaola’s “Charlie Needs a Cloak” over and over the past few weeks. Thanks! :-) Lise