Turn Vegetables Into Gorgeous Tie-Dye
Before You Begin Creating your own vegetable coloring for dying fabrics is fun and easy. There are a couple of things to keep in mind before you get started though. First, you’ll need to source mordants, mineral salts that bind dye into fiber and ensure color-fastness. You will need to use a mordant when using natural dyes. Different mordants are recommended for different fabrics. Alum (aluminum potassium sulfate) is the most common and works best with wool and silk. Ammonium sulfate is recommended for cotton and linen. Check your local craft store for mordant. Also, keep in mind that different fabrics will take on colors differently. Here are some ideas for inspiration: turmeric root or powder (yellow), red cabbage (blueish purple), red onion skins (olive green), beets (light pink), yellow onion skins (orange), black beans (grey). (Tea also works well if you want brown.) Materials
- Natural fabric: 100% wool, linen, cotton, etc.
- Large pot
- Stick or spoon for stirring plant material(s) for dyeing
- Sieve or colander rubber bands
- Presoak Fabric